Semester in Judaean Hills

Semester in Judaean Hills

Temple Kol Emeth member Lissie Levitt is spending the fall semester as one of 33 North American teens in the NFTY-Eisendrath International Experience High School in Israel program.

Lissie Levitt
Lissie Levitt is in Israel until December.

The Reform-sponsored program is based at Kibbutz Tzuba in the Judaean Hills about 15 minutes from Jerusalem. Students take an advanced Jewish history class, which includes field trips to related sites; an advanced Hebrew ulpan; and general studies courses to fulfill the requirements of their home high schools. The semester includes week long trips to study the Holocaust in Poland, to simulate army training in Gadna, and to hike across the country.

“Students return home with heightened self-confidence, together with a love of Jewish living and learning,” said Paul Reichenbach, who heads camping and Israel programs for the Union for Reform Judaism.

“I’m looking forward to learning about my history and heritage, Israeli culture, and lots of Hebrew,” Levitt said. “Of course, I am also excited to meet a lot of great people.” Levitt, a Roswell resident who attends Milton High School, has been a counselor at Camp Jenny, the NFTY-run program that provides disadvantaged Atlanta children a weekend at Camp Coleman each Memorial Day.

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