Every year, as part of the eighth grade curriculum, students choose to go to Israel or the East Coast. During this block of time, the students are immersed in history, culture, and tradition, while also learning to live and work together outside of the classroom setting. These trips reinforce Heschel's commitment to preparing students to become global leaders and citizens. Travel and communal living teaches flexibility and independence and no matter which trip they choose, the students return with a bond and maturation that enhances their final year at Heschel.
Each year, members of Heschel's eighth grade participate in a program through Federation's Partnership Twinning Program, with Heschel's partner school, A.D. Gordon in Tel Aviv. While in Israel, students visit the A. D. Gordon school, explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea, and so much more. The trip provides a powerful opportunity for growth and exploration, immersing students in living history and culture.
EAST COAST TRIP:
The East Coast trip includes learning and touring in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C. From Harvard Square to the Skywalk Observatory, students live the history of the American Revolution while walking the famous Freedom Trail. In New York and Washington, highlights include ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza and walking around Times Square, visiting the National Mall, Library of Congress and taking the underground tunnel to the Library of Congress. Interacting with one another outside the confines of the classroom provides both accelerated learning opportunities and maturation for the eighth graders.