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  • The Highs and Lows of Life in Israel
    May 19, 2018


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    After waking up at the crack of dawn, we enjoyed a traditional Israeli breakfast. We all loaded up the bus and headed north towards Galilee, where we took a nature walk.  We walked along the Israel trail where many of us fell in the water and mud (but it was still a blast)! The views were outstanding and it was cool seeing the mountains, river, and beautiful fields of flowers. It served as a nice juxtaposition to the urbanization of Tel Aviv we saw yesterday. We ate a delicious lunch of falafel or schwarma. 


  • Inspiration at Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl
    May 18, 2018

    IMG_5430.JPGToday we started by going to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum. Our guide, Jackie, led us on an educational and emotional tour, while still adding touches of humor and optimism. It was so humbling to walk through the children’s memorial and realize that someone as young as 4 was not given special consideration because of their age. All of us had varying levels of understanding about the Holocaust but we all left Yad Vashem with a newfound motivation to spread knowledge of the Holocaust and what could have changed the outcome.


  • First Day on Birthright
    May 15, 2018

    Day 1This morning we woke up and even though we were feeling a bit jet-lagged, it was so exciting to begin the day! After a quick breakfast at Aroma, the "Israeli Starbucks," according to Ran, we got on the bus. We started with a journey to Independence Hall, where Israel was founded. It was incredibly interesting for our group to see where the State of Israel began. Visiting Independence Hall was an amazing way to begin our trip. 


  • Work With Us
    Apr 5, 2018
    staff around table better editedSpread the word: There are opportunities to join our staff of Jewish professionals. The Student Leadership Coordinator (Chapel Hill) and the Jewish Student Life Coordinator (Greensboro) positions are currently open.



  • Last Day: Cardio at Masada
    Dec 28, 2017
    Birthright Last BlogHear about students last day on this winter's birthright trip.

    We are so sad this trip is coming to a close. Despite our seemingly eclectic group, interactions with other Taglit groups have shown us that we are 187% sure to be the best group birthright has ever seen (Double check those numbers, though). Since we got off our El Al flight in Israel, we haven’t stopped laughing and having fun..
    It is your favorite family again. We are so sad this trip is coming to a close. Despite our seemingly eclectic group, interactions with other Taglit groups have shown us that we are 187% sure to be the best group birthright has ever seen (Double check those numbers, though). Since we got off our El Al flight in Israel, we haven’t stopped laughing and having fun. 
    It is your favorite family again. We are so sad this trip is coming to a close. Despite our seemingly eclectic group, interactions with other Taglit groups have shown us that we are 187% sure to be the best group birthright has ever seen (Double check those numbers, though). Since we got off our El Al flight in Israel, we haven’t stopped laughing and having fun. 
    It is your favorite family again. We are so sad this trip is coming to a close. Despite our seemingly eclectic group, interactions with other Taglit groups have shown us that we are 187% sure to be the best group birthright has ever seen (Double check those numbers, though). Since we got off our El Al flight in Israel, we haven’t stopped laughing and having fun. 


  • Hump Day: Camels & A Bedouin Oasis
    Dec 27, 2017
    Blog tuesday coverHear about students second day in Jerusalem on this winter's birthright trip.

    It’s hump day!!! Just kidding, but we did ride camels today. We had a busy day exploring two deserts. It was interesting to see the differences in the landscapes. Before our desert adventures, we took a tour of Ran’s kibbutz. What an interesting place! The whole idea of a kibbutz is so different from anything we have in the United States. We heard stories of Ran’s “wild” life as the son of a kibbutz member...


  • "The Salad Trail," Ran's Kibbutz and More!
    Dec 26, 2017
    Birthright 3The Birthright December adventure continues hear about the "Salad Trail" and more!

    We are officially more than halfway through our trip to Israel which is extremely bittersweet. We kicked off an early morning with breakfast and a lecture about the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All of us left with a more comprehensive understanding of the history behind the conflict and what is necessary for a solution. After loading the bus, we were on our way at a confusingly slow pace. As it turns out...

     


  • A Trip We'll Never Forget: Mount Herzl & Yad Vashem
    Dec 24, 2017
    Birthright 3 Really - SundayHear about students second day in Jerusalem on this winter's birthright trip.

    Today, Sunday, December 24th, was an amazing but emotionally taxing day! For us a hard day usually means finals or a tough day at work; but for Israelis, any day could be a hard day. Today we visited Mount Herzl, the burial site for Israel's most beloved: Their former leaders and the Israeli Defense Force soldiers. We were moved by...


  • Jerusalem!
    Dec 23, 2017
    Birthright blog3 Dec17The Birthright December adventure continues in Jerusalem!

    We started out the day by visiting the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall. Many people found the Wall to be an emotional experience, crying with joy when they witnessed and touched it. We found it interesting that there is controversy over the Orthodox Jews controlling access to the Wall. Going to the Western Wall was an unforgettable experience, but the true surprise came from immersing ourselves in the Shuk (Jerusalem's open-air market)...


  • The Birthright Adventure Continues
    Dec 22, 2017
    Dec Birthright 2017 Photo 2The Birthright December adventure continues in Tzfat and the Sea of Galilee!

    Today was just another day...OF ADVENTURE! We started off by visiting an artist in Tzfat named David Friedman who sees the world through lens of Jewish spirituality and mysticism. We visited his studio, and his explanations of the paintings blew our minds and opened our hearts- we can't wait to share it with you. Next we toured around the cobblestone streets of Tzfat (also spelled Zafed or Tsfat...there is lots of dispute over the correct spelling) where we learned that all of the details of the city have Jewish meaning; for example, you can find blue everywhere that is said to ward off evil....


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