72 Teens Arrive to Israel as the 2015 Spring Semester Begins!

72 Teens Arrive to Israel as the 2015 Spring Semester Begins!

Paul Reichenbach is the Director of Camping and Israel Programs for the Union for Reform Judaism I am thrilled to share that the Spring 2015 semester of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel commenced this week. After a moving departure from JFK on Sunday, and a long flight over the Atlantic, the students arrived in Israel on Monday, tired, but incredibly excited for their journey to begin. They met their staff and teachers, and began to settle into Kibbutz Tzuba, their home for the next four months in the Judean Hills near Jerusalem, all under the inspired supervision of long time EIE Principal […]

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Fall 2014 EIE Photo Contest Winner

Gabe Alterman, of Milltown, NJ and a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, was the winner of the Fall 2014 EIE Photo Contest. Here he describes the inspiration for his winning picture. My photo comes from the top of Masada early in the morning. I saw the backpack with a NFTY luggage tag laying on the ground and I thought it would make a great picture. My intuition turned out to be true! It is a simple photo but one that symbolizes the entire NFTY-EIE program. Learning on EIE takes place not just in a classroom, but anywhere: on top of Masada, in […]

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Jake Liu Biking

There’s No Place I’d Rather Be

During the Fall 2014 semester, Jake Liu and his friends made a video of him lip-synching across Israel to the song, “Rather Be.” Here is his story of its creation. “There’s no place I’d rather be than in Israel,” said a wise man by the name of Baruch Kraus. Repeated at the end of my “Rather Be” video, a semester-long project that featured me lip-syncing all over Israel, this perfectly encapsulates how I feel about my time in Israel. The inspiration behind the video came from my friend and fellow EIE participant, Peter Marcus. He heard the song “Rather Be” on the […]

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Jordan Karpin With Friend

To The Future World Travelers

This post was written by Spring 2014 student Jordan Karpin to the Spring 2015 students that leave for Israel in only 12 days. A lot can happen in a year. Nearly three hundred and sixty five days ago, I eagerly counted down the hours, minutes and seconds leading up to the very moment when I would depart from John F. Kennedy Airport and arrive in Israel. I checked the NFTY-EIE blog daily, searching for any and all information on the program that I was about to embark upon. I talked often to other teens that would be traveling with me, probably […]

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A Stark Realization on Life in Israel, Thanksgiving, and Nearing the End of the Semester

A Stark Realization on Life in Israel, Thanksgiving, and Nearing the End of the Semester

This post was written by Fall 2014 student Dalilah Bernier With only weeks left in the program, the schoolwork and sadness are piling up. After we came back from the Dead Sea, we had school nearly non-stop. Our teachers are trying to cram as much material in as possible in order to prepare us for final exams and our reintroduction to our real world at home. As we near the end of EIE, the focus of everything we do seems to revolve around us leaving and our futures. EIE takes this opportunity to introduce us to gap year and study […]

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ARZA at EIE

A Visit from ARZA

On Thursday night, the students and staff of the NFTY-EIE Fall 2014 semester were delighted to host the members of the ARZA delegation who were in Israel on a short solidarity mission.  The delegation came to Kibbutz Tzuba, home to EIE from the south where they had been visiting communities which had been hard hit by the recent war.  At Tzuba they met with staff and heard about the school and then had dinner with the students; many of whom come from the same communities as the delegation members.  Following dinner, Rabbi Bennett, who is chairman of ARZA, spoke to […]

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My Rosh Hashanah Perspective

This was written by current Fall 2014 student Arianna Alter and shared with her home congregation on Rosh Hashanah: When I get home I want Israel to be the constant reminder of when I was most me. Israel is the first place that put me in a world of tangible surroundings. Because if this, my pseudo independence, and exploration of how things work here, I am able to see my ambition and my lethargy and knowing that is how to conquer the latter. I want it to be the place that reminds me how to work for, and earn something. The […]

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Hiking, Biking and Climbing: Yam l’Yam

Hiking, Biking and Climbing: Yam l’Yam

This past week, we embarked on a five day journey across the country called Yam l’Yam. Starting at the Sea of Galilee, we waded our way through a water hike.

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