Our first Birthright Israel bus returned home from Israel with 45 new friends and a newfound connection to the State of Israel that will last a lifetime. Their Mishpacha (Hebrew word for "family") began their journey in the north, where they explored the mystical city of Safed, rafted on the Jordan Rive, and experienced Bedouin hospitality at its finest. The group then traveled south to Jerusalem, where they were joined by seven incredible Israeli soldiers who helped navigate the Shuk, explore the Old City, and celebrate Shabbat at their beautiful kibbutz accommodation. As the trip hit its peak, the students ascended Masada as the sun rose above the hills. Atop the mountain, they celebrated the B'nai Mitzvot of 6 students, a celebration worthy of all the music, laughs, and dancing as they finished the trip on the beaches of Tel Aviv.
Our second bus just completed their 10-day trip which you can see more of on our Instagram page! They enjoyed exploring Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev desert. They took advantage of every minute and we're already thinking about how we can help them bring these meaningful memories with them back to campus.