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Registration for Nesiya Summer 2017 is now open!

WHO ARE WE ?

The Nesiya Summer Program is an Israel experience that combines outdoor adventure, workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts, community service projects, cultural activities and creative Jewish study in Israel.

Meet artists, educators, nature guides, activists, and community leaders who will work side by side with you creating, exploring, learning and building. Participants travel through four regions of Israel – the Negev, Galil, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and the Judean Desert – and focus on the origins, development, and role of the land of Israel in the future of the Jewish people.

This summer, take a journey that makes a difference! Join Nesiya for five weeks in Israel with Israeli and North American peers from diverse backgrounds.

“I keep telling my friends and family that to send your daughter to Israel and see her literally growing in front of your face and hearing her developing those muscles to be open minded and hold multiple truths and perspectives is the most important lesson a person can ever learn – for work, for family, for friendship, for marriage, and for peace.”
Ilana Ruskay-Kidd - New York, New York (Nesiya 1987 and mother of Gabriella, 2014)
“My experience on Nesiya taught me to love all different types of people. It made me dig into difficult places in my soul that I didn’t know existed. It changed how I see the world…This program seemed real, raw, down to earth and NOT tourist-y. It builds a community. Faces the hard questions. Brings together unlikely friends. Explores bigger ideas. Emphasizes emotion. Cares about art.”
Jillian Axelrod - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Nesiya 2014)
“I felt like the community emphasis really separated Nesiya from other programs. The Kehillah (community) helped me open up emotionally and realize the importance of my voice.”
Nava Rosenberg - Zichron Yaakov, Israel
“I learned to confront people and problems. I was given the opportunity to challenge ideas and customs I grew up with and to ask myself and others questions. I hope to continue my curiosity and honesty with myself and others. I hope to keep up with Israeli politics from both Israeli and American news sources.”
Rosie Rudavsky - New York, New York (Nesiya 2014)
“I now feel like I want to seek out who are different from me. I think I’ve gained a great sense of the complexity of the country. I want to continue to explore my Judaism when I get home.”
Eli Russell - Rydal, PA (Nesiya 2015)
“Nesiya was difficult, frustrating, and intense; 5 weeks of nonstop activity that allowed me to question, share, and argue my beliefs. Nesiya was a great experience! I gained a new outlook on life that isn’t shielded by bias and naïvete. I also gained a realization of the value of deep, intellectual, and logical conversations. I will try to apply this to my community at home.”
Esther Roselaar - Appleton, Wisconsin (Nesiya 2014)
“It was amazing to meet such different people. I changed in that I was able to start having conversations, not arguments.”
Jacob Henoch - Jerusalem, Israel (Nesiya 2014)
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By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

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By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

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