Daniel Matthys – Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Masada!

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I came to Israel to grow closer to my culture and heritage. The opportunity to have a Bar Mitzvah on top of Masada was another part of this journey, and one I am glad that I took. It was awesome being able to have this experience with my friends Benjamin and Gabi. There was something […]

Hannah Nahmias – Masada in the sunrise

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Visiting Masada was challenging yet rewarding. We left early in the morning in order to watch the sunrise on the mountain. We took the Roman ramp up and the snake path down. We also had a great tour guide who explained to us the history of Masada. We visited an ancient Mikva, church, and synagogue. […]

Zac Lovat – Beit Shemesh – The glance to the religious sectors in Israel

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In an attempt to discover more about the religious areas of Israel, the Florentin community was taken to the city of Bet Shemesh. To start, we questioned individuals who lived there to see their opinions on the city, of which many were mixed both favour and against the city.Afterwards, we attended a talk given by […]

Caleb Stutman-Shaw

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I had been looking forward to the service since May. The moment I decided to come to Israel, my mom, in her Rabbinic excitement, made sure to tell me to attend Kabbalat Shabbat services with Nava Tehila. Nava Tehila is a group that holds progressive, musical, and often outdoor Shabbat services in Jerusalem. They are […]

An Environmental Disaster and Moment for Reflection

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by Josh Glucksman “A few days ago, one of Israel’s worst environmental disasters occurred when an oil tanker spilled hundreds of tons of oil along the country’s coast. For all the parents reading this email who are not a 5-minute walk from the Tel Aviv Promenade, the beaches are bad. So bad, in fact, that […]

Impact Month

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by Harper Green When Big Idea started back in September, I was really excited to learn about web development and expand my programming skills. I wanted to take away a new skill set that could help me in my future endeavors, as well as allow me to help others. After completing the coding course during […]

Couch to 5K

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by Tiffany Salzberg A large part of my life is health and fitness. This passion goes beyond working out, and is more than just a “diet.” I put great emphasis on physical activity. I do plyometric workouts six days a week. I prefer circuits and functional workouts. Through this passion, I have also gotten into […]

Israel Packing List

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Clothing  Hiking boots (broken in!!). Preferably waterproof Water shoes with firm bottoms and straps (Keens, Tevas…)  Hat for hiking (a must!!) T-shirts  Long sleeve shirts  Sweaters/Sweatshirts  Jeans/pants/leggings Shorts/skirts Underwear Socks (high, full length— a must when wearing hiking boots!) Dress shoes that are comfortable for walking Flip flops or shower shoes (Flip flops will not […]