Senior Trip: Lev V'Nefesh

The Senior Experience in Israel and Eastern Europe is an integral part of the Schechter Westchester education—the jewel in the crown, which has quickly become a highlight of the incredible educational program that we are able to offer to our students.


Embarking to Poland

Every February, Schechter Westchester High School seniors embark on Lev V’Nefesh. Students travel first to Poland for just more than a week and then on to Israel for two months. In Poland, students learn first hand about the vibrant Jewish life that existed before the Holocaust through visits historic Jewish cemeteries where great rabbis and community leaders are buried, tours of towns where Jewish communities thrived, and davening (praying) in the majestic synagogues that have been preserved. The group tours the Warsaw Ghetto, walks through Nazi concentration camps, visits Schindler’s factory, and meets Righteous Gentiles.

Immersion in Israel - Past and Present

Students study more than 4,000 years of Jewish history while traveling the country and immersing themselves in Israeli society.

Beginning with the Biblical period, the intensive academic curriculum provides students with an overview of the history of our people. It also delves into each major era of Jewish and Israeli history, culminating in an in-depth look at modern Israel and the challenges that Israelis and Jews face on a daily basis throughout the world. Along with the academic curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of cultural sports, and recreational activities.

Strengthening Ties to Israel and the Jewish People

In partnership with the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism, our students interact with Israeli teenagers as well as high school seniors from throughout North America. Within the Fuchsberg program, we have our own dedicated dorms, buses, and teachers. Our students meet other Fuchsberg students at meals and campus-based cultural events. Students enjoy the benefits of living at the Fuchsberg Center surrounded by the unique cultural and religious opportunities that Jerusalem affords.

Our goal through this program is to strengthen our students’ relationship with Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael, the people and the land of Israel, as well as its cultures and traditions.

These words by Rabbi Yishmael, which reflect the essence of our mission, are found in Pirkei Avot. They advise us to lead lives filled with learning, teaching, preservation of our heritage, and social action.

TO LEARN AND TO TEACH, TO OBSERVE AND TO ACT
SOLOMON SCHECHTER
SCHOOL OF WESTCHESTER
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