Each year, the sophomores who participate in our renowned Ulpana Exchange Program report meaningful and exciting encounters that enhance their love of Eretz Yisrael and immerse them in Israeli culture. This year is no exception! Accompanied by program coordinator Mrs. Tova Rosenberg, sophomores Eliana Ellerton, Tamar Levine, Esther Medows, Tehila Rothbort, Meira Saffra, Yael Teitelman, and Emily Zrihen returned from the Holy Land on Monday night, bursting to share their experiences with their classmates. Throughout their trip, “home base” was the Ulpanat Tzvia in Maaleh Adumim, where our students learned and lived with their Israeli peers. Every week brought with it day trips and lengthier tiyyulim that enriched our students’ understanding of Israeli and Jewish history, and reinforced their appreciation of the beauty of the land itself. From a hike in the Negev in Machtesh Ramon to a two-day sojourn in the North, they saw it all! Among the highlights of the trip were a tour of the Ptil Techelet factory, a camel ride, visits to Yad Vashem and the Gush Katif Museum, and stops at Machaneh Yehudah, Har Herzl, and Kanyon Malcha. They also enjoyed a wonderful Shabbaton at Gruss and another at Midreshet HaRova. We can’t wait to see how our international travelers enhance our school community with their renewed ruach and commitment.