2018-01-17 / Federation

Beth El, TBS teens build bonds with Israel during Confirmation trip


1. Enjoying a visit to Ein Avdat, a canyon in the Negev Desert, were TBS students (from left), Sophie Ravitz, Sophie Asbell, Rebecca Fallick, Sami Frankel, and Jacob Safier. 1. Enjoying a visit to Ein Avdat, a canyon in the Negev Desert, were TBS students (from left), Sophie Ravitz, Sophie Asbell, Rebecca Fallick, Sami Frankel, and Jacob Safier. Forty-eight South Jersey teens felt their connection to Israel grow through transformative experiences during their recent Confirmation trip to Israel. Over a two-week stint, Dec. 16 through Jan. 3, the group developed their sense of ahavat Yisrael (love of Israel) through hiking, touring ancient cities, learning about modern Israeli start-ups and the tech industry, exploring Israeli culture and food. They prayed not just at the Kotel in Jerusalem, but also on several mountaintops overlooking the stunning scenery of the Sea of Galilee and the vast Negev desert, said Cong. Beth El Rabbi Andy Green. As Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Bryan Wexler described the trip, the varied experiences “created memories that will last a lifetime and planted seeds of the Jewish future that like Israel itself, must be tilled and nurtured.” In addition to students and chaperones from the two South Jersey Conservative synagogues, the trip included peers from Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA.



2. Teens had the opportunity to uncover history at the Beit Gubrin Archeological Excavation. Pictured in foreground were (from left), Nadav Warszawski from Beth El, Matthew Weinberg from Beth El, and Matt Steinsaltz from TBS. In the background were (from left), TBS student Sam Kilsdonk, and Jake Brooks from Beth El. 2. Teens had the opportunity to uncover history at the Beit Gubrin Archeological Excavation. Pictured in foreground were (from left), Nadav Warszawski from Beth El, Matthew Weinberg from Beth El, and Matt Steinsaltz from TBS. In the background were (from left), TBS student Sam Kilsdonk, and Jake Brooks from Beth El.

3. Pictured at the Kotel were TBS students (from left), Jacob Kernis, Simon Miller, Vicente Gracias, and Noah Greenspun. 3. Pictured at the Kotel were TBS students (from left), Jacob Kernis, Simon Miller, Vicente Gracias, and Noah Greenspun.

4. Wearing their tefillin for a morning prayer service at Robinson’s Arch were (from left), Beth El students Lily Turner, Maddy Kagan, and Molly Phillips. 4. Wearing their tefillin for a morning prayer service at Robinson’s Arch were (from left), Beth El students Lily Turner, Maddy Kagan, and Molly Phillips.

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