The Nativ Blog

Poland and the Power of L’Dor V’dor

Posted on February 26, 2018

By: Max Strickberger Bundled tightly in long underwear, a few shirts, double socks, two jackets, boots, gloves and a scarf, the bus dropped me off, along with 34 other Nativers, in a residential neighborhood. People hurried by in a morning rush with backpacks and briefcases. Many of us held tefillin and tallit bags. We walked Continue Reading »

India Experience – Nativ 37

Posted on January 30, 2018

  Powerful words written by Reegan Moskowitz (Nativ 37 participant) about her experience in Mumbai You never know how much you don’t know until you learn or experience something new; this statement has never felt truer than now. As my fellow Nativers and I have travelled on an astonishing and formative journey throughout Mumbai with Continue Reading »

The Sukkot Tiyul Survival Guide

Posted on October 16, 2017

Abigail Winograd The first thing to know about your October tiyul to the Negev is that Yossi Garr, Director of Nativ, will describe this trip to your bewildered and excited group as “An easy hike, nothing too difficult.” This is false, and will be a source of sarcastic laughter and minor resentment in those moments Continue Reading »

L’shannah Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim – Yom Kippur Reflections from Nativ 36

Posted on September 28, 2017

Yoni Feldman Greene Spending Yom Kippur in Israel was an experience that I will never forget. Back home, in Los Angeles, the high holidays, in particular Yom Kippur, are always an extremely spiritual and meaningful moment of my year. However, none have reached the spiritual level of my experience of Yom Kippur in Jerusalem. When Continue Reading »

Reflections of a Nativ 36 Parent

Posted on September 19, 2017

Stacey Urbach When we first considered supporting our daughter to take a gap year, we shared the concern that perhaps she would end up “behind” her peers. What we ultimately came to believe is that she should not live her young adult life as if in a race, but rather take the time to explore Continue Reading »

Nativ is About to Finish the 2nd Year with the Yozma Track

Posted on April 10, 2017

This year, our oldest son, Kasriel, has been in Israel for his gap year. In our community (we live in Riverdale), this would be unremarkable as most of our friends’ children have spent their gap year in Israel. For Kasriel, however, this year in Israel was never supposed to happen – or so we thought. Continue Reading »

Nativ 36 Moves to New Volunteering Community – Yemin Orde Youth Village

Posted on April 10, 2017

My name is Batya Feder, and I am on the Yemin Orde track on Nativ 36. I am loving it! I volunteer in the kitchen, and it’s been such a wonderful experience. The regular workers here have been very warm and appreciative of our help. We prepare the schnitzel, schwarma, chicken, or fish for lunch, we Continue Reading »

Volunteering with Magen David Adom

Posted on April 10, 2017

It was midday in the Negev. My partner Michaela Yancey and I were riding on the lavan Magen David Adom ambulance heading back to the Yerucham Station after dropping a patient at Be’er Sheva Medical Center. Suddenly, a notification appeared on the small tablet in the driver’s seat – לידה spelled out in Hebrew on the display, Continue Reading »

Reflections from Bogeret Nativ 35 Sydney Shaiman

Posted on September 6, 2016

I think about Nativ every day. Aside from giving me amazing new friends, countless memories and laughs, and a newfound love of Israel and Judaism, being a part of Nativ 35 taught me to seize every opportunity. Part of the gift, and the challenge of Nativ, is how much freedom you are given. Most weekends, Continue Reading »

Reflections from Bogeret Nativ 35 Rebecca Perl

Posted on September 6, 2016

A year ago today, my friends were moving halfway across the country and into their dorm rooms, participating in welcome weekends and pulling late nighters to finish essays. A year ago today, I was sitting on an airplane, in an incredibly uncomfortable situation, on my way to Israel. I had waited approximately six years for Continue Reading »

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