How I found Livnot: I was just searching the internet for volunteer programs in Israel, and I stumbled upon the Livnot website. After reading through what Livnot does, how it helps the Tzfat community, and how Livnot uses the land of Israel itself to inspire young Jewish Americans, I realized that I absolutely had to go up to Tzfat and see Livnot for myself!
The experience: I owe a lot of my spiritual and personal growth to Temima, Yonina, and Avital. While I was staying at Livnot, I had so many meaningful conversations about Judaism, life, Israel… really everything you could ever discuss, we talked about! It was at Livnot that I made my first challah, too! My eyes began to open, and when Shabbat came, my life literally changed. I remember that I could not hold my tears back. I was so moved by the singing, dancing, and the pure joy that radiated from the people of Tzfat on Shabbat. In short, my experience was not just amazing, but life-changing.
What about Livnot made me want to return to Israel: It was at Livnot that I realized the importance of being Jewish, the importance of the land of Israel, and how being Jewish will impact my life for as long as I live. After seeing the unity of Judaism at Livnot I knew that I wanted to be a part of the Jewish community.
In short, without Livnot and Yonina, Temima, and Avital, I would never have experienced the Shabbat that changed my life, I would not have been inspired by the Jewish people and by Israel to the extent that I am and I would not have had the most amazing three months of my life.