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Read about BBYO teens experiences with Israel at home and in the Jewish homeland.

ILSI - Teens' Thoughts from Jerusalem

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!

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ILSI - The City of Tzfat

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!

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ILSI - Nature Hike, BBQ, and more!

Sunday, July 13 - We started our magical shabbat by exploring the spiritual, artistic, and religious city of Tsfat. Read more!

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ILSI - Celebrating Shabbat in Israel

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!

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ILSI - Our Time in Tzfat

Friday, July 11 - Today was one of the most culturally enriching days yet. We woke up early to go to the mystical city of Tzfat and explore the birthplace of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Read more!

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ILSI - Our Kibbutz and the Kinneret

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!

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ILSI - A Message from the Director

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!

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ILSI - Exploring Masada

Tuesday, July 8 - We woke up at the crack of dawn and went to Masada. We huffed and puffed up the roman ramp in time to see a rewarding sunrise on top of the mountain. Read more!

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ILSI - Desert Mountains

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!

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ILSI - From Shabbat in Jerusalem, to the Beautiful Negev

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!

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ILSI - Shabbat Shalom from Israel

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!

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ILSI - Arrival Update

Wednesday, July 2 - We are happy to share with you that the ILSI group has now landed safe and sound in Israel. Read more!

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Our Journey in Israel - from Solemn Remembrance to Joyful Celebration

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."

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Beginning our Israel Journey: Masada, Dead Sea, and Tsfat

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!

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Bonding in Israel

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!

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From Poland to Israel

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.

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Our Day at Majdanek

Tuesday, April 29 - BBYO's National Teen Delegation spent a meaningful day in Majdanek, touring a chilling reminder of the Holocaust while reflecting about its toll.

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Yom HaShoah - The Day We March

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.

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Reflections from the March of the Living

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

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Reflections from Auschwitz

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

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