MOTL 2017

Just Say Yes!

“When your 18 year old asks you to spend 2 weeks traveling with her, simply stated, you always say “yes”.  Little did I know that the trip she asked me to join her on was the most powerful and memorable trip of my life. My daughter Madison elected to go on the March of the [...]

Last Few Days in Israel

Thank you so much for sending your teen(s) on this trip.  You have given them the greatest gift, one that will stay with them for a lifetime.  Since 1988, the first year of the trip, BBYO has always sent a delegation of teens and the program continues to be a profound and impactful experience.  The [...]

Shabbat in Israel Part 1

We had another great day in Israel, beginning with a visit to the old city of Safed, a river raft ride down the Jordan River and a meeting with one of the pioneers of Kibbutz Misgav Am. Since the 16th century, Safed has been considered one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron [...]

Shabbat in Israel Part 2

Shabbat in Israel is like no other place in the world. Just knowing where we are praying and actually visiting the sites we have always talked about definitely brings new meaning to celebrating Shabbat. Friday evening services were led by David Hoffman (staff) and Brianah Caplan (Mountain Region), Nicci Mowszowski (Rocky Mountain Region) and Jed Golman (International Shaliach, North Texas – [...]

We are all so excited to be in Israel!!! After a night-time flight, we arrived very early into Tel Aviv this morning and soon after, we traveled to Caesarea for a welcome on the beach and to sing the Shehecheyanu blessing for our first time together in Israel. Caesarea is a town in north-central Israel [...]

Majdanek 2017

We arrived in Warsaw tonight after a long and emotional day touring the Majdanek extermination camp. The reality of the Holocaust really took on a new meaning for all of us. This camp is right in the center of the city of Lublin and it was the one camp that was not hidden in secrecy [...]

Today was all about connection and Jewish identity! We observed Yom Hashoah and the March of the Living intentionally chooses this day annually to bring together thousands to march for those lost in the Holocaust and to celebrate Jewish life today! YOM HASHOAH The Knesset of the State of Israel and Jewish communities throughout the [...]

  We are all doing well and this is a terrific group of teens. It was a crazy weather day –changing often- cold, rainy, snowy, icy and sunny throughout the day. Our day was full, touring the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, located in the town area of Osweicem, 37 miles west of Krakow. It was [...]

We all arrived safely and started our journey in Krakow yesterday. The teens and staff are doing well and we are all enjoying getting to know each other. BACKGROUND: Krakow was the historic capital of Poland from the 10th to the 16th century, and there were Jews in Krakow from the beginning until World War [...]