• Judges and Justice

    By Melissa Frey, Director of URJ Kutz Camp and Associate Director of NFTY Just a week ago, I was at a place many of us have called home, the URJ’s Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY. I was working with our staff preparing camp for impending Hurricane Irene, when I received a call that the EIE Fall semester departure flight had been cancelled because of the storm. That was Saturday. Their flight would not be rebooked until Wednesday. Late Monday afternoon, once the storm had passed and the roads were clear, we bused close to twenty of the thrity-five teens to Kutz to await their departure.


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  • From Texas to Tzuba: Visiting EIE

    By Michael Solka, URJ Green Family Camp Committee Chairperson As we did a couple of years ago, Liz (my wife) and I stayed at Kibbutz Tzuba (during a visit to Israel). Tzuba is just west of Jerusalem and provides a good base for seeing both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The other bonus for us is that Tzuba is the home of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel program.


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  • Spotlight on Alumni: NFTY-EIE Alum Performs Original Song

    Check out NFTY-EIE alum Lenny Cohn's performance of "Jupiter," the original song he wrote while on the program.


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  • The NFTY-EIE experience: In their own words…

    Recent alumni of the Spring 2011 semester of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel reflect here on their experiences learning and living in Israel.


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  • 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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