• Three Generations of Israel Experiences with NFTY

    By Jesse Paikin, Israel Programs Coordinator This summer, NFTY in Israel is thrilled to be a part of the great tradition of multi-generational Jewish experiences. Naomi Michelson - a participant in our Adventure Lecha Lecha program - represents the third generation of her family to travel to Israel under the auspices of a North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) program.


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  • Mystical Mathematics and High School in Israel

    In Hebrew gematria, 45 is מ -- מה is equal to 40, and ה is 5. Together, these letters spell mah: what? What is the significance of our past? What is the importance of Israel? What are we as a people? What should we strive to be? What can we gain out of this experience? What were we doing this for? Well, switch the מ and the ה, and you end up with המ—them. While we may have gotten amazing friendships, incredible amounts of knowledge, and an unbelievable four months of adventures, stories, and experiences out of this program, in the long run, we weren’t doing it for ourselves. We were doing it for them: those of the past, and those of the future.


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  • Extending the Classroom Across a Country

    This experience is like nothing else Jake has ever had in his lifetime. His spirituality and level of maturity has escalated to a level one could only dream for their child to achieve. His ability to love a country he his learned about since early childhood has come to fruition as his understanding of the importance of the State of Israel comes home with him never so proud to be a Jew.


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  • NFTY-EIE: A Parent’s Perspective

    I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse the endless opportunities offered by the EIE program. As you consider different educational opportunities for your child, I speak firsthand of the unique opportunity this program provides to learn, grow and develop a new sense of self.


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