Open Hearts Open Homes

Shabbat in Acco

| TUE, AUG 17, 2021

Enjoy this “report from the field” from Elana Prezant, JCCNNJ’s Supervisor of Open Hearts Open Homes on the group’s Shabbat weekend together. On Friday, our Open Hearts Open Homes group…

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Update from Israel: OHOH teens in camp!

| THU, AUG 12, 2021

As you’ve heard, this year’s Open Hearts Open Homes (OHOH) program is special and unique this summer. Instead of hosting teens from Israel to stay with host families in our…

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Exciting News from Open Hearts Open Homes

| THU, JUL 01, 2021

Israeli teen program pivots for Summer 2021 This has been a very difficult year for us all and we wanted to update you on the Open Hearts Open Homes program…

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LIVE from Israel: Eyewitness Accounts

| SAT, MAY 29, 2021

In May, during the height of Guardian of the Walls, our northern NJ Jewish community gathered on Zoom to hear the eyewitness accounts of life in Israel. During this conflict,…

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Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 – Journal Entry #1: The teens arrive!

| TUE, AUG 27, 2019

The Israeli teens may have just left New Jersey after three weeks together with us but our memories of our time together with them are still vivid and bright. Here’s…

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Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 – Journal Entry #2: Fun in the Sun

| MON, AUG 26, 2019

Journal Entry #2: Fun in the Sun Along the way of the three weeks together, the Israeli teens from the Open Hearts Open Homes program found their footing in New…

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Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 – Journal Entry #3 – Saying Goodbye but not Forever

| MON, AUG 26, 2019

Journal Entry #3 – Saying Goodbye but not Forever After a never-long-enough three weeks together, our host families and teens had to say goodbye. The ripple effect of this year’s…

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Meet This Year’s Teens!

| MON, JUN 17, 2019

We are so excited to announce this year’s Open Hearts Open Homes teens. They are a group of well-deserving kids who have all suffered at the hands of terrorism in…

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Bonding over Bowling!

| TUE, JUN 04, 2019

The teens from our upcoming Open Hearts Open Homes 2019 program recently met in Ashkelon, Israel for a bowling party. This event was another opportunity for the kids to get…

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Teens Bond with Therapeutic Animals and Each Other

| WED, MAY 01, 2019

The Open Hearts Open Homes teens of 2019 recently visited with the Therapeutic Animal Center in Sderot, Israel and also took the opportunity to start to get to know each…

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