“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 (Nesiya 2014), Zichron Yaakov, Israel

“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 Russel (Nesiya 2015),Rydal, PA

“I think Nesiya aims to build a strong community, help advance leadership skills, and explore the realities of Israel in a pluralistic setting and through the use of creative expression, becoming in touch with our emotions and listening.”

~ Ariela Katzman-Jacobson (Nesiya 2015),Providence, RI

“I felt that I was receiving many tools for the rest of my life. At the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed the program and meeting American youth…to meld into one unified group, despite the different opinions and the gaps between us.

~ Gil Hai (Nesiya 2014), Urban Kibbutz Beit Yisrael, Jerusalem, Israel

The 3-day hike in the Negev laid the foundation for the development of our community. We talked about being alone, ‘hefker’ (ownerless), and looking within ourselves. We brought up the notion of community and discussed mutual effort in the context of ‘survival’ in the desert.

Allon Brann (Nesiya 2005), Ithaca, NY

“I learned a lot about how complicated the Arab-Israel conflict is, and struggling with that has helped me feel better about struggling with other issues at home. I realized that I wasn’t as open-minded as I thought I was, but I feel that I’m more open-minded now.”

~ Caroline Wechsler (Nesiya 2014), Durham, NC

Please contact info@nesiya.org if you are interested in connecting with Nesiya alumni