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“Yes, Commander!”Jonah Werbel and Noah Juravsky (May 2019)

On April 29, we stepped off the bus for Gadna, a four-day simulation of IDF training for high school students. After forming two perfect lines in front of our mefaked (commander), we put on our IDF uniforms, ready to embark on a new adventure. All...

Three Moments on our Poland Journey by Isaac Levy (April 2019)

Poland is a beautiful country. Driving through the countryside I was faced with view after view of green farms, lush forests, and flat untouched swathes of land. This rural beauty was interrupted only by the occasional city — either sprawling and modern, or old and...

Sweet Tooth by Sari Dashefsky (April 2019)

While in Israel these past few months, I have fallen in love with the Marzipan Bakery in the shuk. So while in the shuk on Election Day, I just knew I had to stop in and buy some of their delicious rugelach. After I paid...

From Purim to Poland by Jonah Werbel (April 2019)

People always say that public speaking is one of the most difficult things to do. Well, how about singing — and in a foreign language? And when people interrupt and scream whenever you say a certain name? Welcome to Purim! Our Purim was practically a festival...

A Jew in Church by Sara Hoffman 

Since I live in a predominantly Christian community I always thought I knew everything when it came to Christianity, but spending a day visiting influential sites of Christianity in Jerusalem opened my eyes and my mind to so many things I didn’t know I never...

Awe and an Ibex by Avi Shapiro (March 2019)

The first kibbutz in Israel, Kibbutz Degania, was founded in 1909. The founders had one goal: to live in a community in the land of Israel, their ancestral homeland. Last week, we were able to experience the same feeling as those pioneers. On Wednesday, we loaded up...

Sunrise, Sunset By Eva Simon (February 2019)

A million thoughts go through my my head. The end of an era, and the beginning of an incredible adventure. Feelings of fear and excitement consume me. I feel a tap on my left shoulder, abruptly pulling me from my thoughts. I turn to see...

Connecting With a Wall by Sara Hoffman (February 2019)

In a small synagogue in Minnesota, I studied significant events and places from the world’s holiest city: Jerusalem. I was often shown pictures of the Western Wall, and on occasion I would hear stories from people who were fortunate enough to have visited it. Like...

Something Out of Nothing by Maddie Cosgrove (February 2019)

If you had asked me two weeks ago to conjur one image summarizing tradition, it would have been a group of Orthodox men praying. Now, I imagine B’nei Yisrael, the ancient Israelites, standing in the desert of southern Israel receiving the Torah. I used to...

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