• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Time Flies: A Blog Post by Shaina Morrel

    Shaina Morrel, a Spring '17 student reflected on the lessons she picked up from Heller High and shared how she plans to stay involved in the Jewish community and how she will stay connected to Israel.


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  • Amazing Reflections from Spring 2017 Students

    Heller High impacts our students in many different ways, from challenging them to be more independent, creating a connection to Israel, learning more about their Jewish identity to learning new study habits and immersing them in Jewish history in the Jewish homeland.


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  • Nachlaot: One of Jerusalem’s Hidden Gems

    Several weeks ago, the students spent some time in Nachlaot, a culturally diverse neighborhood comprised of 32 small neighborhoods. Ellie discussed her experience at the sitting at the strawberry garden as well as having to speak Hebrew to the merchants at the shuk.


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  • URJ Heller High: Marissa Steiner, Fall 2016 Alumni

    Marissa Steiner, Fall 2016 alum captured all the exciting and unique activities that students participate in while at URJ Heller High.


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  • Auschwitz: Exploring History & Trying to Bring Life Back

    Auschwitz. We all knew this day was going to be difficult, and for some of us it was exactly what we expected, but for others there was no way to prepare for what we were going to see.


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  • Rabbi Loren Sykes’s Islam Tiyul Reflection: Meeting the Other

    Last week, we had an interaction that is all too rare today in Israel, the US and around the world. We visited the Israeli Arab village of Ein Rafa which sits at the base of the hill below Kibbutz Tzuba.


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