Author: Daniel Kort

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

Lessons In Mononucleosis


There are only a few places where one can wake up at 2 am to watch the Super Bowl. Israel is one of them. Unfortunately, an exciting semester abroad there became an uneventful "sick-mester" in bed. By halftime of Super Bowl XLIV, as tension rose between the Colts and the Saints, the mercury rose on my thermometer to 102 degrees.

Author: Zachary Pehel

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

No'ar Hadash Summer 2010; Discovering My Second Home, Israel.

It is July 13th, 2010, local Israeli time, 7:15am, I am on an ElAl flight from Newark, New Jersey to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. I am with a Reconstructionist youth group called No’ar Hadash, traveling with 23 other sixteen year olds to our homeland, Israel. The pilot comes on the intercom and says, “Bruchim HaShaveem,” “Welcome Home.” In that moment, I knew I had found my second home. 

Author: Oren Adam

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

Trip to the Holy Land

On July 5th, 2007, our plane touched down in Ben-Gurion Airport near the city of Tel Aviv. My family and I traveled to Israel for one of the biggest events of my childhood, my Bar Mitzvah. A Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ceremony that serves as a transition between childhood and adulthood. This significant ritual normally happens at age 13 for boys. On the day of a child's Bar Mitzvah, he sings from a chapter in the Torah (Old Testament) that corresponds to his Hebrew birth date.

Author: Stephanie Hamborsky

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

Dead Sea Diplomacy

I won't deny my apprehension when first spotting a large group of Palestinians near the edge of the saline wonder that is the Dead Sea. With the media riling for decades regarding the neverending ideological rift between the Jewish Israelis and Muslim Palestinians, I worried about the Arabs forming negative stereotypes before even speaking to me.

I couldn't have been farther from the truth.

Author: Christopher Asher

Tags: Africa, Exploring, Israel, Middle East

Boons and Bedouins

Every two years, my school, Augustine Christian Academy, hosts a trip to Israel for the junior and senior classes.  Twenty-six students and teachers participated on this excursion to the exotic Middle East, home of the Land flowing with Milk and Honey. 

Author: Jackie Weiss

Tags: Africa, Exploring, Israel, Middle East

The Incredible Land of Israel!

 After ten long hours on a plane we had finally arrived.  We were in the land of Israel, a place which I had heard about all my life.  Last summer, my family and my cousins’ family traveled to Israel to celebrate my brother’s bar mitzvah.  This was such a new experience for me, as I had never even been off the east coast of the US before!  And the trip turned out to be the greatest time of my entire life.  I got to see and experience an entirely new country, a whole new world.  A couple of things in particular stood out.

Author: Jessica Haddad

Tags: Africa, Israel, Middle East, Vacations

Destination Lowest Point on Earth

Author: Jenna Rose Wright

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

Next Year in Jerusalem

"Next Year in Jerusalem," said my dad as he stared at me with eyes full of pride. The phrase used to end the Seder ceremony during Passover was finally about to come true for me. In just a matter of months I would be boarding a plane to the country of my ancestors. Israel. I couldn't believe it. Living there for six weeks with my friends from summer camp?! How much better could my summer get?

Author: Aimee Erickson

Tags: Africa, Israel, Middle East, Vacations

Old City Jerusalem, Arab Quarter

Author: Tala Berro

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

The Warring Polar Opposites of Palestine and Israel

After 9/11 many racial assumptions arose as people questioned others from Arab countries. Two summers ago I travelled to Ramallah, Palestine to learn more about my heritage. My mother and I flew to Jordan and from there used a bus system to an Israeli guarded station where taxis would end the trip. However, this trip needed willpower and strength since the line lasted hours and hoards of luggage piled outside waiting for the owner to grab and shove into a bus.