• NFTY-EIE Havdallah

    On EIE the days are long and the weeks are vigorous but all of the action is always worth it when it comes to Havdallah. Havdallah is a time where everyone can reflect on their week and reflect on themselves. The music gives people a chance to connect to Judaism in a way that they can't during the week days.


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  • Poppies, Ostriches, and Tiyulim!

    This past Friday we went to a soup kitchen in Jerusalem for another tzedakah project. Not only was this a soup kitchen to feed underprivileged people, this soup kitchen also had a free dentist, clothing donations, and had vocational training.


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  • I’m Beginning to Understand

    I think I finally understand how and why EIE is most often described as life changing. This past weekend has been one of the most spiritual, moving, and thought provoking 3 days I’ve had in a wildly long time.


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  • A Typical Day of EIE

    So at this moment I am sitting in a cafe/lounge room during my two free periods. This is the time where I get to do my homework. So far we have had one full week of classes and it is so exciting!! Here is my typical class schedule.


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  • Our EIE Experience

    We can’t believe it's over. These four months have gone by so fast. Being on EIE has made us feel much more connected to Israel and the Jewish people.


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  • The Wonders of Klal Yisrael, Jewish Peoplehood

    By Rabbi Yehudit Werchow, URJ Shlicha We are all tourists at some point in our lives, but we should never be tourists in Judaism, Israel, or with each other. Maimonides teaches us that we should always seek to build friendships with people who will challenge us while leading to reciprocal growth, enrichment, and, most importantly, commitment to contribute together to better the world. Hanukkah is a time to celebrate our physical and spiritual resilience as a people, and it is also a time to remember and celebrate the wonders we generate as a people.


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  • The Strength of our Students

    Rabbi Jacobs went out to Kibbutz Tzuba to take part in Shabbat morning T’filah led by the students. He delivered a pertinent and very meaningful Dvar Torah on Vayeitzei.


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  • NFTY-EIE in Poland

    The Fall 2012 students have just completed their week long Poland experience. During this incredibly powerful week, they learned about the European Jewish experience in the late Middle Ages and the Modern Period leading up to the tragedy of the Holocaust. Our students made moving and meaningful visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek concentration camps […]


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  • Anat Hoffman Arrested at the Western Wall

    by Noah Sattath Earlier this week, Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center and chairwoman of Women of the Wall, was arrested at the Western Wall. This occurred during a prayer service in the woman’s section with 250 other participants, including members of Women of the Wall and Hadassah. Anat was detained […]


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  • Welcome Home, Camp and Israel Participants

    By Lois Rubin, NFTY in Israel Committee Chair Why welcome home our kids from Camp and Israel? A congregation needs to say welcome home too, because these lived our movement’s values each and every day. We as a congregation want to hear what they want to share. We want to listen as they relive the highs of their summer, the quiet moments, the special moments. Relationships were cemented as lifelong friendships began. We want our kids to know that we support them, missed them, and are glad to have them back in our congregational home as well, back at their Jewish address. We want them to know they are important to us and to the future of our Judaism. We want it to be clear to them that we are interested in what they have to say.


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