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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A Source of Motivation

About a week ago, EIE had the honor of joining the esteemed Women of the Wall for a service and prayer reading at the Kotel. Whether or not you are a spiritual person, the Kotel is inexplicably powerful place, surrounded by those who who are weeping, davening, praying, reviving history, and gathered we stood amidst an even more powerful coalition.

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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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