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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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The Gadna Experience

Day one was orientation day. We didn’t do much except for get a tour of the base and stand in akchev (standing with our hands behind our backs in a diamond shape) It was very strict but it was really interesting because we learned what they expected of us and what they expect of everyone in the army.

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The Impact of NFTY-EIE

The Impact of NFTY-EIE

The impact of the EIE-High School in Israel program on our son Jonathan was enormous. As a family, we could not be more pleased with the many gifts that EIE has given Jonathan – and us as a Reform Jewish family.

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Masada

Masada

This morning we woke up bright and early, at 2:30 a.m. to load the buses and travel down south to Masada. After a two-hour bus ride we arrived. It was dark, cold, and intimidating. We got there early in order to climb the mountain and be at the top by sunrise.

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Israel Museum

Israel Museum

Today we visited the Israel Museum and saw an incredible model of Jerusalem during the peak of the Second Temple period as well as “The Shrine of the Book,” which houses pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These two things were really helpful and enhancing for understanding the period of Roman rule and the four sects into which Judaism split.

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