Solomon Schechter Day School’s class of 2019 kicked off its nearly two-week trip to Israel with a visit to Neot Kedumim, a 625-acre recreation of the biblical landscape, set between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Students experienced the ambiance of the life of the Bible, gaining a greater appreciation for the labor of their ancestors and applying team-oriented solutions to modern challenges. One of the day’s highlights was sheep and goat herding.
For the last 13 years, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County has taken its graduating eighth graders on the two-week Israel Encounter, which serves both as the culmination of students’ Schechter education and as a powerful introduction to the next step of their Jewish and Zionistic journey.
Since the program’s inception in 2006, Schechter has sent about 600 students to Israel. Through the immersive hands-on program, students develop deeper connections to Israel that extend beyond the classroom. The subjects about which they have read in books, studied in school, and seen on the news come to life, enabling them to more intensely connect to Jewish culture and heritage. It is these experiences that students take with them to their high schools, college campuses, and into adulthood.