• Israel Education Highlight Reel – Summer 2011

    Check out this highlight reel of the fantastic education and programming that took place this summer in our thirteen camps. Thanks to the generous support of the Legacy Heritage Fund, our URJ Camps have spent the last three years developing innovative and engaging new Israel Education curricula and programming. With a new vision for Israel Education, our camps have brought Israel to new program areas of camp and have strengthened the relationship between our Israeli shlichim and our North American staff and participants.


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  • Really in Israel

    By Belle Gabel-Frank, NFTY-EIE High School in Israel Student (Fall 2011) That moment has finally come. The moment I've heard about so many times from my sister. The moment I was wishing I could fast-forward to while I was sitting, waiting for that awkward moment to pass a week ago at the airport. Finally the moment has come, when I'm really at where I really am. Now before I get too existential for you, let me clarify. The "where" that I'm "really at" is Israel. The "moment" that I'm really in, is when it has finally hit me: this, Israel, is where I really am, and where I'll be, for the next four months.


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  • Front Row Seats to History

    By Liza Tumen, NFTY-EIE High School in Israel student One of the main goals of coming to Israel with NFTY-EIE is to learn Jewish history and culture. 34 other students and I are not only learning about history, but experiencing it being made. Sitting on a mountaintop, our breath was taken away by the beautiful view: castle ruins, rolling hills, and a small town on the top of a nearby mountain. Coincidentally, this town was Gilad Shalit’s home, and our breath was taken away even more with the news that he was to land in his town, that day at 4:30. Within minutes a distant humming caught our attention and two army helicopters flew in over our heads. The only words I heard from our group were “I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t believe we are actually watching this happen.”


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  • For my Children

    EIE Alum and NFTY in Israel staff member Emily Bernstein writes for The Jerusalem Post about her experiences as a young immigrant to Israel.


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  • High School Junior, Baseball Athlete Returns from Israel

    This summer, Dan Campbell participated in the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel Summer Session. He was recently featured in New Jersey's West Orange Patch. We're pleased to share the article here!


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  • 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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