• Life Over Death

    The first thing I saw this morning was  lichen [slow-growing plants] growing on a tombstone in what was once a thriving Jewish shtetl in Poland, a true Kehillah Kedoshah, Tykocin.


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  • “An Unforgettable Experience”- the Spring 2018 Parents’ Pilgrimage

    Last week, 90 travelers returned from the most recent Heller High “Parents’ Pilgrimage.” Each semester, family members of our students are invited to join the program in Israel for a unique and inspiring ten-day trip.


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  • Unexpected Shabbat Encounters

    As Shabbat approaches, I want to share with you an exceptional experience we had last week at Kibbutz Tzuba. On Shabbat morning, we were joined by Daryl Messinger, Board Chair of the URJ and her husband, Jim Heeger, who is also deeply involved in Jewish communal leadership. It is not every week that we are joined by such distinguished guests!


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  • An Early Morning with Women of the Wall

    It was a Friday morning at 7:00 AM in the Old City of Jerusalem. The winding alleyways were slowly beginning to stir as the shopkeepers prepared for the last few hours of business before Shabbat arrived. Outside the walls surrounding the ancient city center, downtown Jerusalem was just starting to wake up.


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  • Exploring Tel Gezer

    While Tel Gezer has many advanced archaeological findings, two particular places related the most to the Bible. The connection between artifacts and the Bible to prove its legitimacy is called historicity. The first example of historicity we saw is called Solomon's Gate. When it was originally excavated in 1905 by McCallister, the gate did not show any sign of being almost 3000 years old.


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  • URJ Heller High’s Largest Semester in Years Begins

    Last week, 76 students from 23 states across North America, plus Canada and Israel, began their semester on URJ Heller High. These high schoolers come from 49 different URJ Congregations, and 44 are alumni from 14 different URJ camps. Seven of them had an older sibling on the program, and one student is a second generation Heller High/EIE participant!


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  • Learning about Islam in Ein Rafa

    Today we had a tiyul in Ein Rafa and spoke with Yasmine, who converted to Islam, and her husband Musa. We learned a variety of different topics concerning Islam through out the day.


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  • Joshua and Judges. Tiyul to Sataf Park

    The walk started from right outside of our rooms, where we live. We walked and walked, over hilly, almost mountainous landscape, until Tzuba seemed a long way behind. We trekked through the woods, over hills, and across a main road with traffic, just to arrive at the beginning of our Tiyul.


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  • 27 Students Arrive in Israel for Fall 2017 URJ Heller High Semester

    We are thrilled to share that the Fall 2017 semester of URJ Heller High commenced last week. The students have begun to settle into their new home at Kibbutz Tzuba, and have started classes in Hebrew, Jewish History, and general studies. They celebrated their first Shabbat in Israel at the Kotel (Western Wall) and have already gone on several off-site trips, including an archaeological dig.


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  • Phoebe Melchiskey’s Four Months at Heller High

    Fall '16 alum Phoebe created an amazing video that captured some of the most memorable moments from her semester at Heller High.


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