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July 18 We Are Family

During our closing session last night, one of the teens remarked that she understood what I meant when I said that our Israel adventure will be over in a blink of an eye.  Here we are, our final full day in Israel. How did time pass so quickly? At our opening session during our first […]

July 15, 2013 A Day of Highs and Lows

Sunday marked the beginning of the last third of our Y2I Adventure, with the arrival of 24 Israeli teens and our destination the Negev—south to the desert. Before the Israelis arrived, we heard from Doron Kornbluth, author and lecturer, who presented inspiring thoughts for us to think about regarding being and staying Jewish. The essence […]

July 13, 2013 Shabbat of a Lifetime

Yesterday was magnificent, a day teens will long remember. Anticipation of Shabbat arriving at sundown filled the air all around Jerusalem. The atmosphere feels different than any other day of the week. People hustling and bustling about, greetings of “Shabbat Shalom” or “Good Shabbos” from almost everyone we met, made us feel like we truly […]

July 11 Shofar Show Good!

Really and truly, shofar show good! What a magnificent welcome ceremony awaited us this morning on the Haas Promenade, overlooking Jerusalem of our dreams. The breathtaking view, which you will see in our pictures, was the perfect backdrop for our “shehehchehyanu” blessing, marking this most wonderful and special day. Kids were in awe of the […]

July 10, 2013 On the Road to Jerusalem

What a beautiful day we had. After saying “shalom” (goodbye) to the north, we made our way to Jerusalem, with a leisurely tour of Sfat, where we enjoyed learning about kabbalah and more about Jewish history. Perched high in the hills, there is something truly mystical about Sfat—the air, the people, even the food seemed […]

July 9, 2013 Fun and Adventure

July 9, 2013 Shalom from Israel!  It has been a whirlwind couple of days, but all is sababa (awesome!). Who knew that a three hour flight delay would be such a wonderful ice-breaker.  Leave it to teens to make the best of a situation. Kids took full advantage of our delay, got out of their […]

Y2I 2013 Departure Day July 7, 2013

Y2I 2013 Departure Day July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013 Boker Tov!  Good morning! I awoke this morning filled with excitement and anticipation, and yes, even a few butterflies in my stomach, in realization this day has arrived. The Y2I 2013 staff is as excited as I am to take your children on their adventure of a lifetime. It is quite unbelievable […]