Tel Aviv Ya Chabibi Tel Aviv

As the trip is starting to come to an end, we learned how we could get back to Israel for some college credit! We began our day at Tel Aviv University where we met with some of the admissions counselors to hear about the different study abroad programs during the year...

SEAing Israel in the best of ways!

After a night in the Bedouin tents, we have to admit we were a bit tired from the lack of sleep. However, hanging out by the bonfire and enjoying our time together was worth it! We headed to Masada very shortly after eating breakfast, starting our day off with one of...

a KNIGHT under the stars

WOW, did we need that day to refresh and recharge our body and minds. Today we woke up ready for another amazing experience. We enjoyed a large tasty breakfast before heading to our first activity of the day. We started at Mount Herzl to hear the stories of the...

Shabbat, Shalom – Hey!

You just don’t know how badly you need a day of rest like you do on Birthright. We are very thankful for Shabbat. We were able to sleep in late and take a day to relax in Jerusalem – including sun, socialization, and food. It’s so nice to take a break after so...

Jerusalem

This day many of us have been waiting our whole lives to experience and see the breathtaking views of Jerusalem. We started our day with a traditional Israeli breakfast before driving south to the Holy City. Before we could stop and walk on the jerusalem stone streets...

Exploring more than just the North!

And off we go again for day filled with adventure and exploration. Today we woke up to another wonderful and filling breakfast full of fresh fruit, eggs and israeli salad, packed up our bags, and headed down from the Kibbutz. We started our day exploring the National...

A long plane ride later, AND WE MADE IT!

It feels like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to our families in Miami to hop on a plane to Israel, oh wait, that’s because we were! We’re so ecstatic to say that we have finally made it to the Holy Land, the beautiful state of Israel. The moment we stepped off...

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...

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...