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...

Day Two Israeli Cool

Waking up to the sounds of the birds chirping, the sight of the beautiful Israeli sun rising, and the smells of the flowers surrounding our Kibbutz was the perfect way to begin the morning. Today was the first day we set out to explore this exotic country, starting...

(Milk &) Honey, We’re Home!

Today was a day that many of us had eagerly and maybe even romantically anticipated since before High School. We’ve finally touched down in Eretz Yisrael. For most of us this is our first time in Israel and it represents the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, if...

Day 1 With Bus 108

Hard to believe that we started our day with breakfast at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale (thank you Jennifer Waldholtz!), had dinner in New York at JFK airport, then spent the night on a flight to Israel! Our students, many of whom have never been on an international...