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Purim: A holiday to be happy and make others happy

This week was jam-packed with fun, but nothing was quite like Purim. We arrived back at the Chava from a host Shabbat on Sunday morning, and enjoyed a couple golden hours of free time. We got into our costumes, which ranged from the classic bed-sheet toga...

The Echoes of Masada

Climbing Masada and seeing the sunrise over the mountains during our hike was pretty special, but it paled in comparison to the echoes we heard in response to our shouting later in the day. Nearing the end of the trip, we approached a walkway overlooking a...

Getting Away To The Kibbutz Helps Us Feel At Home

This past week we spent five very fun days at Kibbutz Ketura doing all kinds of activities in and around the kibbutz. Ketura was our first break away from the Chava without any worry about what was happening back at school. It was a very...

The Flame Within Us

I want to begin by saying that this class is unlike any class I've ever taken in my fourteen years at Jewish Private School. Its called the Israel Core Course, a class where we are taught about the Jewish Prophets, our lineage and history, but...

At The Kotel

Our arms linked together, our hands squeezing each other's tight, and with tears welling up in our eyes, we gazed at the Kotel for the first time since our arrival in Israel two weeks earlier. My friend, whom I had only known for two weeks, had...

Super Bowl Hashkama Minyan

The difficult part about watching the Super Bowl in Israel is that it's played at 1:30 in the morning here, but I wasn't going to let that stop my annual tradition of watching the Big Game. Around 15 of us, including one madrich (counselor), woke...

A Prayer in the Desert

Only two days after arriving in Israel from halfway across the world, we departed from our new home at the Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem on the first tiyul of the semester, to an insignificant dot in the Negev desert-a town called Be'erotayim, with a...

Finishing TRY, Finding a Family

As we each finished our final exams one by one, the tension in the dorms started to dissipate. We all want to go home, but no one wants to leave. As one person said, "If our families could come live in Israel, it would be...

Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut With Pride and Gratitude

The hardest part of TRY is explaining to people not on the program the atmosphere that surrounds us here each and every day. There's something about the feeling one gets while walking the streets of Jerusalem. It has to do with knowing how much history...

Feeling like an Israeli on Yom Hazikaron

Mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces is a very strange concept to a modern American teen. The idea that everyone -- regardless of interests, athleticism, and gender -- enters into the army after graduating high school is something hard to grasp. The notion of...