Bus 487 Day 4

Our day started bright and early at our hotel. We enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel of traditional Israeli breakfast foods such as shakshuka, cheeses and salads. We quickly loaded the bus and headed to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museam. The...

Bus 487 Day 3

We all woke up today with great anticipation for an exciting adventure followed by a major change of scenery. We woke up for a 7:15 breakfast and loaded our luggage onto the bus. We said goodbye to what was our kibbutz home for the past 2 days and set off to our first...

Birthright Bus 487 Day 2

After a long day of travel yesterday, we were all excited to start our first full day in Israel with a morning hike. We ate a light breakfast of eggs, vegetables, and various cheeses at the kibbutz before boarding the bus (our new 10-day home) bright and early. We...

Birthright Bus 487 Day 1

We had a great first day in Israel but boy, was it a trek to get here! We started off our journey yesterday morning in Miami. The first leg of our trip was traveling to Toronto. There was a beautiful snow shower while we were there and it was the first time many of us...

Northview and Central Florida Hillel Spotlight

During the recent Homecoming Weekend, a brunch was held at NorthView – the home of Central Florida Hillel (CFH).  Over delicious food and drink, alumni and CFH supporters shared Hillel stories from as far back as the 70’s.  Former student leaders and staff came to...

Where our Hillel is Now

The first time I walked into Hillel was August 2005, my first year at UCF.  Being brand new, I wasn’t really sure what opportunities awaited me on campus.  I walked into the three-bedroom apartment on the south side of Pegasus Landing (now Knights Circle) and was...

Our Longest Day Yet!

Last night, we experienced a night in a Bedouin community. All of us shared one giant tent together, in the middle of the desert! It wasn’t the greatest nights sleep, but it was worth it for the morning camel ride. This was definitely one of the highlights of...

Our Longest Day Yet…

For those of us who either aren’t morning people or who aren’t in peak physical condition, this morning represented our biggest challenge and arguably our greatest payoff yet. We woke up at 4am and started our sunrise hike up Masada, the ancient Jewish...

Check Out Our Weekend

Wow, it’s been a busy few days since our last post! We had an incredible night out on Thursday in Tel Aviv where we experienced the night life and culture of this amazing city. We woke up Friday ready to see more. The morning started out at Rabin Square, the...

1 Tiny Country, 3 Amazing Worlds

It’s fair to say that day 3 of Birthright has probably been the best so far. We woke up early to finish packing our bags before saying “goodbye” to our kibbutz home. We were sad to leave but our eagerness to see Tel Aviv quickly overtook our...