Another Micah Student Goes to Israel: Sarah Goldberg

Another Micah Student Goes to Israel: Sarah Goldberg

Sarah Goldberg, of Temple Micah in Washington, DC, participated on the EIE Fall 2014 semester. In the May/June synagogue newsletter, the Vine, a story about her time in Israel is featured. With the synagogue’s permission, the article is reprinted on the EIE blog. By Diana Seasonwein “You’re crazy to be going to Israel!” Sarah Goldberg’s friends exclaimed last summer when rockets from Gaza were falling on the country. In late August, Sarah, an 11th-grader and a Micah member, went to Israel for a semester with the NFTY Eisendrath International Experience High School in Israel program. She returned to Washington in December. […]

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A Family Israel Experience To Remember

A Family Israel Experience To Remember

Len Bates is the Steering Committee Vice-Chair for URJ Camp George. His son Jarod is a participant on the current semester of EIE and his daughter Ariel attended two years ago. He visited EIE during the Parents’ Pilgrimage in March. Originally written on URJ Camp George’s blog, we repost it here today. Simply amazing!  URJ’s NFTY-EIE High School in Israel is a gem of a program for our teens. I was most fortunate to be able to participate in the ten-day Parent Pilgrimage offered to parents whose teens left home to attend a semester in Israel learning and growing. I […]

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I’m Coming Home

Max is a junior from Fresno, CA. He is a member of Temple Beth Israel of Fresno, a participant in NFTY-CWR, and has attended Camp Newman for many years.  Although the title of this blog post is “I’m Coming Home,” this does not mean I am returning home quite yet.  I still have about more than two weeks left in Israel.  For my friends and family in Fresno, California, this means they can begin to count down the days until I return. However, for myself and many of my friends on EIE, we are making every last minute of our time […]

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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 members to visit their sons, daughters, siblings and grandchildren.  We came to visit our son, Brandon, a junior from Short Hills, New Jersey.  While we enjoyed a wonderful ten days filled with touring, eating, and festivities, expertly planned by EIE’s staff, the most enlightening […]

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Women of the Wall, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut

Women of the Wall, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut

Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. In these weekly postings, he gives a description and rundown of what the group is doing day to day, which he hopes sheds some light on what the EIE experience is like. As many of you have seen on our Facebook page, Ten Minutes of Torah, and the RJ blog, we were at the Kotel for the historic event on Monday at the Kotel, when the Women of the Wall read Torah from a full-sized Torah that is part of the collection of Torah scrolls for use at […]

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An American Teenager Helps Make History at the Western Wall

Juliet P is a high school junior from Newton, MA. Rarely does a 16-year-old Jewish girl from suburban Massachusetts get the chance to look back on her day and recognize that she helped make history. She didn’t just talk about it or write about it; she actually experienced it, and all before 9:00 a.m. On Monday, April 20th, 2015, I participated in an event that will hopefully mark revolutionary change in the Jewish world: Women of all Jewish denominations brought a full-size d Torah scroll onto the women’s side of the Western Wall and, for the first time in history, conducted […]

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Celebrating an Historic Rosh Chodesh with Women of the Wall

Celebrating an Historic Rosh Chodesh with Women of the Wall

Ariella Kronish is the Director of Jewish studies for NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. I woke up bright and early on Monday morning to head to the Western Wall with my students, participants in the NFTY-EIE study abroad program in Israel. At 7:00 a.m. sharp (OK, maybe we were a few minutes late…), we joined Women of the Wall for prayer services in honor of Rosh Chodesh, which marks the beginning of the new month of the Jewish calendar. We were tired and hungry, but also curious and enthusiastic – and we had no idea of the excitement that lay […]

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Commanded to Survive: Understanding Jewish Life Before and After the Shoah

Maya S. is a high school sophomore. She is a member of Temple Shalom in Newton, MA, is active in NFTY-NE, and attends URJ Eisner Camp. Before 1933, life for the Jews in Europe was filled with rich Jewish culture. Jews often lived in shtetls(small Jewish villages) or chose to assimilate into secular society. For the most part, life was good – until Adolf Hitler. Soon, they became victims of the Nazis, whose macabre mission was to exterminate the Jews and all others who did not fit their vision of a purified race. I recently spent five days on a trip […]

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