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The Impact of Poland

Rabbi Emil Fackenheim once wrote: “Jews are forbidden to hand Hitler posthumous victories, they are commanded to survive as Jews, lest the Jewish People perish.” After returning from Poland and learning about the Holocaust, I agree with Fackenheim’s quote now more than ever.

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How I Brought EIE Home

I expected, simply, that EIE would be an 18 week long MAR event. In some regards, I was right—the community was welcoming and cohesive, the services were interesting, and the friendships that I made were long lasting and meaningful. There were also aspects of EIE that were unique to the program and were wonderful.

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Our Pilgrimage to Poland: Part 2

Our Pilgrimage to Poland: Part 2

We got on the buses by 7:30 and headed to Auschwitz Birkaneau. When we arrived the first thing I noticed was how the train tracks went right through the gate and divided the camp in half going all the way to the very end. The place is huge. WAY bigger than Maidanek.

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Our Pilgrimage to Poland: Part 1

Our Pilgrimage to Poland: Part 1

This morning we woke up at 1:15 to head to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. Today we begin our next adventure on EIE. We are all flying to Poland to learn more about the Holocaust and understand more about Jewish history. I have so many different emotions.

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The Spring Parents’ Pilgrimage

The NFTY-EIE Spring 2014 semester is almost half way over! The campus has been abuzz since Tuesday with the visiting Parents’ Pilgrimage. We had more than 70 family members join us in Israel over the course of the past 10 days to take a peek into the world of EIE. And our students were eager to play tour guide.

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Christianity, Islam and more!

My Jewish History class has been studying alarmingly close to present day! We have zeroed in on Christianity and the birth of Islam. On our first day of studying Christianity, we took a field trip to the church of John the Baptist where St. John the Baptist is believed to have been born.

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Beit Shearim and Beit Alpha

Beit Shearim and Beit Alpha

This morning we ventured out of our usual stomping grounds of Jerusalem and into the north of Israel. Here we would explore ancient burial caves, uncover past synagogues, and even swim in natural freshwater springs.

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Fun in the Very Very Hot Sun

Fun in the Very Very Hot Sun

To end our 10 day trip that included Masada, Gadna and Eilat, we visited Kibbutz Lotan. A Kibbutz, according to Wikipedia, is a collective community based on agriculture.

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