Onward Israel: Galilee Trek & Connect

Build yourself and your Future

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Upcoming Program Date: Summer 2017, July 9th – August 20th

Livnot’s Galilee Trek & Connect is a community service program in the heart of the Galilee. You will be involved in various archaeological and volunteering activities that will let you explore Israel’s ancient past, impact its present, and preserve its future. Connect with the diverse population of northern Israel and your own personal and Jewish identity.

While a lot of our focus today may be on how our resume looks, it is really a tool to help us tell our story. This program is not an internship program. What we are offering may not be directly connected to your profession, but we are offering development in a skill set that will impact your personal and professional life for years to come.

Livnot U’Lehibanot means “To Build and Be Built” and at Livnot, the focus is on building community, helping others and personal growth through a Jewish lens. Our program combines the physical and spiritual to offer something unique and relevant. Join us on this six-week program for Jewish young adults, aged 21-27.

Explore the Past

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To know where we’re going, we need to know where we come from. The history of the Jewish people in Israel spans over 3,900 years.

Livnot U’Lehibanot is partnered with the Israel Antiquities Authority, allowing us to assist archaeologists in unearthing the past of the Jewish people. Excavation sites are located in and around the ancient city of Tiberias, on the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Together we will work to bring to the public the Cardo, which is the ancient Roman market in Tiberius, as well as synagogues from that period. In addition you will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Archaeological Site Preservation and Restoration

  • Economic Development of the site

  • Tourism Development

The group will work together on a project to present to the Israel Antiquities Authority involving an aspect of site development. The scope and focus of the project will be decided by the group. You will receive a certificate from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Livnot U’Lehibanot on the hours volunteered and the subjects learned during the program.

Connect with the Present

Galilee Trek & Connect participants will also be engaged in community service within Tzfat working on such projects as Emek Techelet Nature Park, the Tzfat Home for the Aged and renovating apartments of the needy (these service projects vary according to need and availability).

Art, Music, and Creativity in the Cultural Capital of Northern Israel

In the 1950’s, Israeli artists flocked to Tzfat, transforming it into the Cultural Capital of Northern Israel. Today there is a strong artistic presence in sculpture, paint, music jewelry and Judaica. You will get to meet and learn from local artists and musicians and take part in the creative atmosphere.01-Spring Hike

Hike Like an Israeli

Northern Israel has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the country and the most fresh water. We will hike the Galilee and Golan twice weekly, take time to swim their streams and waterfalls and learn from the nature around us. We will close the program with a 3 day hike from Tzfat to the Mediterranean.


Shabbat brings each week to a close. With it, comes the opportunity to detox a bit from the “everyday” and re-energize for the week ahead. Shabbat in Tzfat is an amazing day out of time and the magic of our traditions created here were spread to Jewish communities around the world. Kabbalat Shabbat started in Tzfat. Experience where it all began.10981313_10153428139496729_6886557445880774783_o

Build Yourself

On our programs, the mystical city of Tzfat becomes your home and the people who live here become your neighbors. We make meals together and hike the north, along rivers and through canyons – stopping for lunch and learning sessions by waterfalls and shady groves.

We delve into ancient Jewish wisdom and explore what our heritage has to say about life, intimacy, our relationship with the environment, building community and fixing the world. You may get a taste of Kabbalah and shakshuka all on the same day.   

The Livnot Galilee Trek & Connect program provides opportunities to get in touch with yourself. Being part of a community and exploring the land helps cultivate an open mind and an open heart, which are integral to how we apply ourselves in every-day life.

To Build and Be Built. As you build, so are you built.

Living Arrangements

Participants live in the Livnot campus, located in the heart of the Old City of Tzfat. The building is 500 years old and has been rebuilt by the Livnot participants from years gone by. The facilities include: a communal kitchen and dining hall, a meditation/activity room, wi-fi, laundry, room A/C units and bathroom. Participants also have access to the Livnot balcony, which boasts one of the best views of the entire Galilee. The sunsets are breath-taking, and no two are the same.17112_10153579019831729_3384132474618874501_n

Onward Israel: Galilee Trek & Connect includes

  • Hikes provide a chance to challenge ourselves physically, learn from nature and strengthen our connection with our environment and Israel.
  • Jewish content  including an overall perspective learning Jewish texts through Chevrutot (peer-based learning sessions), workshops on spirituality, and the celebration of Shabbat.
  • Living Israel and becoming part of the hip and artistic Tzfat community; full of galleries, local and organic food, spiritual learning, live music events, open mic nights, local wineries and craft beers made right here in Tzfat.
  • Communal living accommodations at the Livnot campus in the mystical Old City of Tzfat and two meals per day.

Livnot U’Lehibanot is a non-profit organization supported in part by private donors and foundations.

Upcoming Program Date: Summer 2017, July 9th – August 20th
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To register click on the Apply Now! button or e-mail admissions@livnot.org