Alyssa’s Final Thoughts

  There is no other place where you can get the most exquisite brunches complete with omelets, dips, spreads, and breads at a seemingly low cost.  There is no other place where you can find unreal bakeries and cherry tomatoes that taste like candy at every street corner. There is no other place where you will find a multitude of …


Alyssa’s Fresh Look at Jewish Geography

They say that everything happens for a reason: there is a reason for every person who walks into your life, every event that happens during it, and why you are where you are when you are.  I feel that between the three times I have been in Israel, the timing was not coincidental. I was here for a three-week leadership …


Interning in the LGBT Community | Amirim

Hey, Geoff! How old are you? Where did you go to college? I’m  Geoffrey Sperling. I am 25 years old, originally from Crown Point, Indiana and I now reside in Austin, Texas. I attended Indiana University and graduated with a degree in Gender Studies with a minor in Sociology and Human Sexuality. I have a boyfriend of three years and …


Amirim Superstar

Hey Noga! Where are you from? N: My name is Noga Amiri, I am 18 years old, and I’m from Holland. I’ve lived in New Jersey, Israel (my parents are Israeli, so I have an Israeli passport and speak Hebrew), and Holland. I am going into my first year of college. How did you find yourself on Amirim? What is …


Shopping, Food & Social Media: Meet our Intern, Alyssa

Alyssa Harstein is our Onward Israel intern at Young Judaea Israel Hi there! My name is Alyssa Hartstein and I am a rising junior at the University of Delaware, originally from Scotch Plains, New Jersey. This summer, I am a participant in the Northern New Jersey delegation of the Onward Israel program, a two-month internship experience that allows me to …


From Young Judaea’s Teens, a Lesson in Dialogue

by Dafna Laskin, Digital Communications Associate at Young Judaea This summer, participants on our Teen Summer Programs in Israel were invited to Camp Tel Yehudah for a leadership training weekend upon their arrival home. Among many other enriching sessions geared to help them unpack their experience in Israel, one of the activities we decided to run was a workshop on …


I am Not the Same

Jamie Smith of Lexington, Kentucky, is a rising Junior at Henry Clay High School and one of two Leaders of Tomorrow Awards from Hadassah, which awards a full scholarship to  young women to travel to Israel with Young Judaea’s teen summer programs.  She was introduced to Hadassah through her mother who is a past president of their local chapter. As one of only …


No matter where I am, what I’m doing, Israel is my home.

Naomi Farahan of Carmel, Indiana, is a rising senior at University High School.  She is the founder and editor in chief of the U Post – her high school’s online publication, president of the Young Democrats Club and participates in a number of other activities.  Naomi has a close connection to Israel and has always been an advocate for the country.  This summer, …


Life is to be Celebrated

Naomi Farahan of Carmel, Indiana, is a rising senior at University High School.  She is the founder and editor in chief of the U Post – her high school’s online publication, president of the Young Democrats Club and participates in a number of other activities.  Naomi has a close connection to Israel and has always been an advocate for the country.  This summer, …


Hearing Different Perspectives

Jamie Smith of Lexington, Kentucky, is a rising Junior at Henry Clay High School and one of two Leaders of Tomorrow Awards from Hadassah, which awards a full scholarship to  young women to travel to Israel with Young Judaea’s teen summer programs.  She was introduced to Hadassah through her mother who is a past president of their local chapter. As one of only …





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