Friday, July 18 - "Being in Israel during such a crucial time in the nation's history has made this trip unforgettable. I have never felt so connected to the Jewish people or to our homeland. I am eternally grateful to BBYO for providing me with this incredible experience and to those who support and protect the state of Israel."- Kyle Price, Westchester Region. Read more!
Monday, July 14 - Today was definitely one of my favorite days thus far on ILSI!! Although I slept a little bit later than I should have after a late night of watching the World Cup with my friends, I still started the day off right with a delicious balanced breakfast. Read more!
Friday, July 11 - As the worldwide Jewish community turns its attention to what's happening in Israel, we are thinking about our nearly 350 teens who are visiting Israel right now - many for the first time - with us. Read more!
Thursday, July 10 - After another beautiful morning for us, rising to the shimmering Kinneret and sweet, warm air, we set out for a serene cemetery on the shores of the lake that shares its name. Read more!
Wednesday, July 9 - What a busy few days we have had! Days filled with learning about Ben Gurion at his home and now museum in the Negev, followed by waking up at 3 am to watch the Sunrise over Masada and hiking to beautiful waterfalls. Read more!
Monday, July 7 - We awoke in the tents and headed out to go hiking in the Negev with beautiful sights and unique animals like ibexes. Screaming our names at the top of the desert mountains, we felt on top of the world as we stared into the large expanse of the holy land. Read more!
Sunday, July 6 - We had a wonderful Shabbat in the Hills of Jerusalem. As the teens walked out to a breathtaking sunset over the rolling hills of Jerusalem they sang ma tovu, a prayer from this weeks parsha about how beautiful it is to be together. Read more!
Friday, July 4 - Although we came together as a united group for the first time on Wednesday, we've already formed a close knit community on this journey together. Two nights ago over 130 teens were united and introduced to their peers, followed by an introduction and orientation led by our enthusiastic staff members. Read more!
During the past two days, the BBYO National Teen Delegation has gained a real understanding of Israel's culture, history and challenges. "The past two days served as a microcosm for the entire trip," Josh Freeman said. "Yesterday at the Yom Hazikaron ceremony, we experienced a sadness like no other, as the day serves as Israel's most somber day; and then today, we celebrated Israel's freedom in the most amazing way possible on Ben Yehudah Street. The past two days have shown me how important it is to have Israel as my homeland."
Sunday, May 4 - We have been through a lot the last few days and coming out of the darkness of the Holocaust in Poland to the Hope and Pride of Israel has been a real journey for all of us. It has been amazing how much we were able to accomplish in such a short time!
Friday, May 2 - The BBYO National Teen Delegation continues to bond over shared experiences from Poland. In Israel, they are enjoying a celebration of vibrant Jewish life. Check out these photos of the teens hiking up Masada, floating in the Dead Sea and exploring the Tzfat artist colony!
Wednesday, April 30 - After nearly a week in Poland, the BBYO National Teen Delegation is on its way to Israel! Before leaving for Israel, the teens spent the day in Warsaw. A highlight was helping to clean up the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw - one of the very few to have survived World War II.
Monday, April 28 - It was a great moment of pride for our group to walk together representing America and Canada with our BBYO banner held high - the same walk that so many Jewish victims walked unknowingly to their deaths.
Monday, April 28 - "I don't think I've ever experienced so many unexplainable things over such a short period of time. We all know what we're seeing and understand what it means, but it has so much more significance than what I think any of us can fathom. But, I know that once we all grasp that, we'll really realize what an incredible trip this is."- Alyse Weinstein, Ohio
Sunday, April 27 - "There are no words to describe my experience in Auschwitz today. In any given instant, I mourned for the tragedy, gave thanks for the blessing that is the State of Israel, and simply gave in to an overflowing emotion I cannot name. I cried. I cried a lot." - Itai Almor, South Carolina