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Nesiya inspires young people from diverse backgrounds to enrich Jewish life for themselves and others. Nesiya programs bring North American and Israeli youth face to face with the richness and complexity of Jewish life – and with each other – through a unique model of experiential learning that combines community building, creative study, the arts, outdoor adventure, and community service. Every Nesiya program builds relationships and explores differences among diverse Jews in order to develop Jewish leaders and invigorate Jewish life.

Days 15-17: Community Service on Nesiya

Nesiya 2016 has just finished their two days of community service, learning how important it is to give back to community and how helping others is a way to better society at large. Half of the group spent the day at the Neve Michael youth village building a bench out of cement and recycled materials [...]

Day 14: Shabbat in Tsfat!

Today we would like to share a review of Shabbat in Tsfat written by Nesiya 2016 participant Netta Remedi-Brown from Massachusetts: We spent this past weekend in Tzfat. After driving up the cobblestone road leading to the spiritual city, we settled in a quirky hotel where we would be spending Shabbat. We arrived on Friday in [...]

Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom from the Galil!

What a whirlwind week it has been! After driving up North to our base at Ohalo, we had a session of Participant Led Activities, and went to bed to prepare for a full day Wednesday. Yesterday we had an early wake up, and began to learn more about Israel's foundations - visiting Havat Kineret to learn [...]

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 [...]