Masada Resized

Tiyulim Tiyulim, and more Tiyulim!

This past week was cold and rainy, and in the mountains of Israel, snowy. It was also logistically challenging, making sure that despite the weather, we had lodging, food, and interesting and engaging activities for our kids. We’ll get to more about that below. To prepare for our tiyulim this past week, we studied in class about the reestablishment of Judah and the very beginnings of Rabbinic Judaism. We learned about the Second Temple Period, including the rise and fall of the Hasmonean (Maccabi) dynasty, the true story of Chanukah and the developing reform in Judaism known as Rabbinic Judaism. Tuesday, we […]

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NFTY-EIE Video Chat

Diving Into Jewish History, Tzdakah, and Tiyulim

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. The weather was quite cold last week, and we even had a sand storm in which we could not see the next hilltop over. Nevertheless, the children are actively learning and deepening friendships, and all with very happy and warm smiles. Last week Monday and Tuesday (February 9 and 10) were regular class days at Tzuba. We covered […]

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Kotel

An Unforgettable Connection

Jasmine Rebarber is a senior from New Jersey and a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple. In this blog post, she writes about her first visit to the Kotel with NFTY-EIE. Life is made up of many little moments, all equally important, and all strung together to create one tremendous and extravagant portrait. I like to think that this trip is just a small portion of the picture, however, it does not for a moment lack the vibrant colors, important sketches, and vivid imagery which are vital for the lasting impression which the beholder ensures. Every moment in the days […]

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Why NFTY-EIE is Crucial to the Future of the Jewish People

Rabbi Naamah Kelman serves as the Dean of the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a former NFTY-EIE teacher, and her niece is currently a student on the Spring 2015 semester. My first job as a rabbi was working for EIE. In addition to my time with EIE, teaching Jewish History and enriching the students’ Jewish experience in Israel, I was also working for the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism in their emerging school system in Jerusalem. This was the best of both worlds. There were days when I was running down Masada or hiking in the Galil […]

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View From Taylet

Connecting with the Land and our History

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. Last week was another great week, with two half-day tiyulim: Tel Gezer last Sunday and the Sataf Springs last Thursday. The students are into their academics; we had five straight days of General Studies, as the kids are getting to know their teachers and digging into their studies. The days the students were not on tiyulim were […]

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My First Week on NFTY-EIE: Already an Amazing Experience!

  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.  Participating on NFTY-EIE this semester is already turning out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly miss my friends in Fresno, but nothing could replace the experience that I am having here in Israel. I left Fresno and drove to San Francisco to meet up with my grandparents and brother one last time for four months. Once I arrived at the airport, I […]

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Tel Gezer Learning

The Journey Has Begun

Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. In these weekly postings, he will give a description and rundown of what the group is doing day to day, which he hopes will shed some light on what the EIE experience is like. This past week has seen happy faces, inquisitive minds, and active souls in T’fillah and all other activities. We are observing friendships in the making and a community taking shape. The feeling of the staff as we watch this group is one full of positive energy and smiling faces. From first impressions, everyone is […]

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Havdallah at the Kotel

By Baruch Kraus This was a long and exhausting week for our students. They said goodbye to family and friends, took a ten-hour flight, had class orientations, and met dozens of new people. But on Shabbat, they had the chance to unwind and celebrate their first Shabbat in Israel as a group. It was a meaningful weekend, filled with prayer, learning, and excitement. Late Shabbat afternoon, our students traveled for the first time to the Kotel for Havdallah. As the students headed towards the Old City, the anticipation grew; they knew this experience would be one-of-a-kind. They walked down the steps […]

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