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  • 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....


  • A Letter Home
    Dec 20, 2017
    Dec Birthright 2017 Photo
    Birthright has begun! The first blog post is here!

    Hi Mom & Dad! 
     Just finished our first full day in Israel and we are never coming home! Just kidding!! The theme of the day was borders and security.  We spent our time exploring the Golan heights and even had a chance to taste some Israeli wine. #yolo #IsraeliLife...


  • Birthright Israel Extension | A visit to Ran's kibbutz
    Jun 9, 2017
    image2NC Hillel's post-Birthright extension students visited Israel Fellow Ran Laviv's kibbutz in the Negev for Shavuot! Read about their experience here.


  • Birthright Israel Extension | Day 1 at the Daycare
    Jun 9, 2017
    image1Today we officially started our birthright extension program! Our day started pretty early as we enjoyed breakfast in the hostel we're staying in (shoutout to the Abraham Hostel for putting up with us). After breakfast we had a 20 minute walk to BINA, the headquarters of the organization we will be volunteering with, for a few short orientation meetings. We met with a man and woman who explained the purpose of the BINA organization and how we would be helping. After meeting with the 2 representatives, we set out for lunch in the market where we would later be volunteering in. The group decided to divide and conquer lunch in the market. After lunch we found our way to the daycare program hidden between 2 of the shops of the market.


  • Birthright Israel | Jerusalem & B'nei Mitzvah!
    May 26, 2017
    IMG_1752NC Hillel's Birthright Israel participants enjoyed a meaningful day in Jerusalem, complete with a trip to the Western Wall, the Old City, and the shuk (open air market). Students who either haven't had the opportunity to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or who wanted to complete another one, were able to have one at a ceremony in Jerusalem. Read about their experiences here!


  • Birthright Israel | Journey through the Negev desert
    May 25, 2017
    image1Birthright Israel participants go on a journey through the Negev desert, visiting the Bedouin tents, going on a hike, and paying homage to David Ben Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker. NC Hillel students also got a personal tour of Kibbutz Mashabei Sade, where NC Hillel Israel Fellow Ran Laviv grew up. Read about their desert experience here!


  • Birthright Israel | Masada, the Dead Sea and Bedouin tents
    May 24, 2017
    IMG_1618Our Birthright Israel participants are making their way through the Negev desert! Check out their reflections on their trip to Masada, the Dead Sea and the Bedouin tents for some Bedouin hospitality.


  • Birthright Israel | Tel Aviv Day!
    May 23, 2017
    IMG_1600This summer's Birthright participants were lucky enough to participate in Birthright Israel's unique Tel Aviv Day, where Birthright groups from all over the world meet in Tel Aviv to learn about many different aspects of Israeli culture, including interactive sessions about Israeli cinema, fashion, music, and more!


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