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A Step Toward Peaceful Dialogue

An important part of TRY is learning to cope with the violence that often plagues Israel. It is tough for me to adjust to living in a place where violence is almost a daily occurrence. I must constantly prevent myself from becoming numb to the...

Being Present in the Desert

One of the things we were lucky enough to experience during our time staying at Kibbutz Ketura was visiting the sand dunes. We have been to lots of desert areas in the country that have been rocky and cold, but this was a chance to...

The Kotel

The Kotel might be the most well-known Jewish site in the world. A place all Jews know and desire to one day visit, I am lucky to have now gone twice. However, for all its glory and fame, it is just a wall--as a friend...

Masada

It's hard to believe that we have been here for almost a month. The time is passing so quickly and I keep wanting it to slow down so I can savor every minute. This week, as part of our ICC class, we had the amazing...

3 weeks into TRY

Wow, I cannot believe that its already been three weeks. Three weeks ago I didn't know the people that are now some of my best friends in the world. Three weeks ago I was freaking out, doing last minute packing, trying not to forget anything (which was...

Charging into the Unknown

Two weeks into TRY, and I've never been in such a novel and exciting place before in my life. As a group, we have been learning to balance our new academic curriculum with fantastic trips across the country, and it is empowering to think just how...

Missing TRY

Around 260 days ago, I left my house in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, for JFK airport in New York. I met up with teenagers that I had never met before, bid my family and friends farewell, and took off for Israel for my 10th grade...