Israel Scholarships for one, two and six week Livnot U’Lehibanot programs.

Thanks to our Israel Scholarships, Livnot programs are heavily subsidized and include accommodation, program costs and 2 meals per day.

This page includes information on scholarships and funding for:

One-week Northern Exposure – $195

Only $195 per week? Are you kidding?

No, no we are not. Our one-week Northern Exposure costs $195 per week which includes:

  • Housing in the Livnot Campus in the heart of 16th Century Tzfat
  • 2 meals/day, 7 days/week
  • 2-3 hikes, including:
    • Night hike to ancient ruins
    • Trekking through waterfalls in the Golan and Galilee
  • Meaningful volunteering
    • Renovating bomb shelters
    • Activities with Ethiopian immigrant children
    • Volunteering at clothing/food banks
    • Public gardening
    • Teaching English to disadvantaged students
    • Working together with local residents to improve dilapidated apartments and playgrounds
    • Excavating bakeries and bathhouses from the 16th century
  • Shabbat experience in Tzfat with local families
  • Spirituality workshops (Spiritual Eating, Kabbalah 101, Relationships, and more)
  • Live evening concerts
  • Meeting local artists in their studios
  • Learning through nature

Thanks to Livnot’s generous supporters we are able to offer our one-week Northern Exposure program for $150.

Full price including room/board  $650
Subsidies and scholarships -$455
Actual cost to you  $195

Coming after Birthright? You can cover the cost of your flight extension!

  • Livnot accepts your Birthright Israel medical form. There is a short online application and a 15 minute phone interview to answer any questions you may have, and determine that it’s a good fit all around.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis—even if you are already in Israel on your BRI trip (in which case, you should call 052-429-5377 to expedite your application)—but it’s best to apply early to ensure your spot.
  • You can stay on for a couple of rounds of Northern Exposure without repeating the hikes. If you are interested in extending your Israel trip for more than one week, please let us know when applying.

Two-week Ultimate Tzfat: Emerging Jewish Leaders Program – $300

Total cost to the participant is only $300 for a two-week Israel experience including accommodation, two meals per day, and all program costs. Flight subsidizes may be available from your local Jewish Federation’s Grants for Israel programs.

  • Meaningful and in-depth Jewish content without a religious agenda
  • Participatory learning sessions based on Chevrutot, peer-to-peer engagement
  • High staff : participant ratio 1:8
  • Professional staff, on-site for the duration of the program
  • Multiple hikes every week as a tool to connect with the land, the group and yourself, including learning Judaism connection to nature with Jewish sources/texts
  • Spiritual and creative atmosphere of Tzfat
  • High-impact community volunteering
  • Special Shabbat programming, where participants take an active role
  • Holiday workshops to experience the Jewish Calendar
  • Maintaining regular ties with many participants through our alumni activities

Thanks to Livnot’s generous supporters we are able to offer our two-week Emerging Jewish Leaders Program for $300.

Full price including room/board  $1300
Subsidies and scholarships -$1000
Actual cost to you  $300

The Jewish Federations in the following cities provide flight subsidies for this program: Cleveland, Cincinnati, New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Columbus, San Diego, Kansas City, Greenwich (Connecticut), Chicago, East Bay (California), Houston, Sarasota, Palm Beach, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle and Vancouver.

Anyone who is eligible for scholarships from their local Jewish Federation or other organizations may also use that towards the program and flight. Please contact us if your city is not on the list.

 Six-week Onward Israel: Ultimate Internship – $500

The total cost of this program to you is only $500. There are many organizations, including your local Jewish Federation and local synagogues which provide additional funding to cover the costs of programs in Israel and subsidies for flights. Some programs will provide the funding directly to Livnot. Please let us know what additional scholarships you may be applying for.

Onward Israel: Ultimate Internship cost breakdown:

Full price including room/board $3,900
Subsidies and scholarships up to -$3,400
Actual cost to you $500

This program is already subsidized through Onward Israel, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Additional funding may be available through your local Jewish Federation, synagogue or other organizations that provide money for programs in Israel.

What is included:

  • Housing
  • 2 meals/day, 7 days/week
  • 2-3 hikes every week, including
    • Overnight excursion
    • Night hike to ancient ruins
    • Trekking through waterfalls in the Golan and Galilee
  • Up to 25 hours of community service per week
    • Renovating bomb shelters
    • Activities with Ethiopian immigrant children
    • Volunteering at clothing/food banks
    • Public gardening
    • Teaching English to disadvantaged students
    • Working together with local residents to improve dilapidated apartments and playgrounds
    • Excavating bakeries and bathhouses from the 16th century
  • Shabbat experience in Tzfat with local families
  • Spirituality workshops (Spiritual Eating, Kabbalah 101, Relationships, and more)
  • Live evening concerts
  • Meeting local artists in their studios
  • Learning through nature
  • Shopping in the open-air market
  • Free weekends to explore the country or visit family/friends

Additional scholarships and funds to cover flights and program costs

  • Local Federations: In the United States and Canada, most major cities have a local Jewish Federation that gives out scholarships. Each one has a unique criteria and process for acquiring grant subsidies for Israel Programs, and the amount awarded ($500-2,500) also differs per Federation. Livnot U’Lehibanot is a recognized provider of Israel experience programs. Because this process differs per city, we will be happy to assist and direct you toward the appropriate contact and help you along the way. Please let us know your city/county of residence, as well as the closest major city (or in some cases where you are registered in university) if applicable, and we will begin the process.
  • Jewish National Fund: The Plant Your Way to Israel program allows you to fund your trip to Israel while helping Israel and JNF at the same time. The program is simple: Ask your friends and family to plant trees with JNF and half of this money will support JNF’s forestry projects in Israel, while the other half will be placed in a special account for your Livnot trip. Please visit their website for details.
  • Your Local Rabbi and Synagogue: Most Rabbis and synagogues have money set aside somewhere to help young adults get to Israel. You won’t find this scholarship listed on their website or in their brochures. However, make sure to ask your local Rabbi if s/he can help you pay for your trip. They usually have a fund or know someone who can help you pay for part of your travel to Israel; average scholarships are $100-500.
  • Fly For Good:  An organization that provides discounted international airfare on over 24 airlines exclusively for non-profits engaging in international humanitarian missions.  Livnot U’Lehibanot is a recognized member of their Good Network.  Sign up for a free account to access their discounted flights.
  • Fund My Travel or Go Fund Me are online fundraising platform that you can use to collect donations for your trip.

Additional Resources for Students:

  • Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life: If you are an undergrad or graduate student, you should contact the Hillel on your college campus regarding scholarships.
  • Greek Life Organizations: Are you a member of a historically Jewish Fraternity or Sorority? There may be some scholarships available for you. Contact the head of your chapter or organization and inquire within about funding.