• EIE: Experiential Informative Education

    Shalom! My name is Evan Wertheim and I’m very excited to be a Jewish History teacher with NFTY-EIE. I grew up in Atlanta, in a home committed to Jewish life. I was active in NFTY and went on an amazing trip to Israel with NFTY in 1999.


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  • Studying the Post-Second Temple Period

    This past week, EIE focused on the period immediately following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Specifically, we learned about the Bar Kochba rebellion and religious developments in the post-destruction period in the land of Israel.


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  • The Challenges and Rewards of Climbing Masada

    Climbing the steep, seemingly never-ending steps up the snake trail to Masada, was one of the hardest, but most rewarding and eye-opening experiences so far during my time here. Masada became a symbol of resilience for me, my faith in my own ability, and the strength of my Jewish community here at EIE.


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  • 500 Years of History in One Week!

    Sunday, we visited several sites to get a sense of what it was like to live in First Temple Jerusalem. The rain hampered us a bit but, from the places we were able to visit like the First Temple Museum, we could visualize what Jerusalem was like 3,000 years ago.


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  • Finding Balance on EIE

    While sitting in a circle filled with sixty three people whom I hadn’t known just a week and a half before, I reflected on my past week. A week ago the whole EIE experience was completely unfamiliar to me.


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  • Have You Ever Seen Such a Beautiful Place?

    “ARE THOSE CACTI?!” I shouted as my friends and I walked up the Tel. Sure enough, there were dozens and dozens of cacti surrounding the dirt path that lead to our destination. But, unsurprisingly, the cacti were nowhere close to the most beautiful part of our short hike.


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  • From Transformational to Routine Moments on EIE

    In writing about our experience at the Kotel recently, I mentioned our ancestors’ experience at Mt. Sinai. The moment of revelation is dramatic


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  • Flashback Friday: An EIE Alum Returns to Krakow

    Yael Farber is a Fall 2010 NFTY-EIE alum studying at Dickinson College. This semester, she is studying abroad in Prague. She has explored not only the Czech Republic, but neighboring countries in Europe as well. Recently, she visited Krakow, which brought back memories from her trip to Poland on her EIE semester. With her permission, […]


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  • Kibbutz Tzuba: A Wonderful Place to Live and Learn

    For the first 30 years of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel, students lived with Israeli host families. Although this provided many benefits, there were challenges, as well, and the program transitioned to centralized housing for all the students. Beit Shmuel, located right next to Hebrew Union College, in the center of Jerusalem became the […]


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  • A Day in the Life of an EIE Student–A Parent’s Perspective

    Jodi Rosenberg traveled to Israel this Spring with her husband to meet their son, Brandon, who is currently studying on EIE. She writes about a day in the life of an EIE student from her perspective.Earlier this year, my husband and I traveled to Israel on NFTY-EIE’s Parents’ Pilgrimage, along with over 70 other family […]


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