Yearly Archives: 2016


Day 8: Heading North

Today we closed our powerful week in the desert with a visit to David Ben-Gurion's grave in Sde Boker. We had group discussions, did text study, and delved into Ben-Gurion's ideas for blossoming the desert. As our last activity in the South we enjoyed some pizza in Sde Boker, and then we were off! We are now [...]

Nesiya Making a Difference

This Summer Nesiya is participating in the Buy One Gift One sunscreen campaign for AMIT, an Israeli nonprofit that works with youth around the country. Along with many other Summer programs, we asked our North American participants to bring an additional suncreen bottle with them to Israel this summer to donate to AMIT. These bottles will [...]

Days 6-7: Introduction to Arts Workshops

Shalom, Nesiya families! After a restful and rejuvenating shabbat, this week we have begun a core component of Nesiya: arts workshops! This week's projects are exploring the themes of Journeys and Place, and we have spent much of yesterday and today working on these concepts. Working with Israeli artists/arts educators who have joined our group [...]

Shabbat Shalom from Nesiya!

Today we have a special blog post from one of our participants - Abigail Miller from Massachusetts! Thank you, Abigail, for taking the time to share your thoughts on this past week together. We look forward to hearing more! Shabbat Shalom!! Week one was nothing short of eventful. Initial conversations, unique feelings and unforgettable moments [...]

Days 3-5: Wilderness

While the group continues their adventures in the desert, it is time for another update from the office. Wednesday morning we "slept in" and woke up at 7 AM. After breakfast and some icebreaker / deep thought activities we ate lunch and packed up - for our "נודד" ("wandering") in the desert. They left base after [...]

Day 2: In the Desert

Our first full day on Nesiya - what a ride! We woke up early this morning and hiked הר גמל (Har Gamal) to a great overlook into מכתש רמון (the Ramon Crater).  There, we discussed the landscape and did our daily Shaar activity - where we spend some morning time meditating on the day ahead [...]

Welcome to Israel!

Shalom, Nesiya 2016! Our North American chanichim have arrived, and we in Israel were so excited to meet them! After a brief greeting and check-in at the airport, the group is now beginning their activities and heading down to the Negev. Stay tuned for more updates!    

On Our Way!

We are on our way! Our North American participants have successfully arrived and met at JFK Airport, and are about to head through security. The Israeli participants and staff are eagerly awaiting tomorrow, when we get to greet everyone at the airport and begin our excellent summer of programming. Stay tuned for more updates~ לילה טוב [...]