My experience in Tzfat was a truly beautiful one that completely opened my path to Israel. I originally heard about Livnot through a friend whose Dad had done the program right when it first began. I was looking for a cheap program that would allow me to explore Israel. I started Livnot a week after my Birthright trip and I was able to see the Israel everyone had told me about.
The staff at Livnot truly make the program unique. Yehonatan, Avital, Doron and Temima are such genuinely amazing people and I am so grateful for all they have taught me. These individuals are such great representations of the observant community and I hope more Jews who do not practice or learn have the opportunity to meet them, because I feel they can make a such a strong impact and make every Jew feel welcome and accepted.
Livnot also opened the door for me to meet so many different Jews as well as world travelers. This past summer was not only my first time in Israel but my first time outside of the U.S. The people in my week inspired, motivated and taught me so much about traveling, programs and about taking risks. Israel and Livnot both taught me this. The last day of Livnot, I extended my trip for another three weeks and did not really know what I was doing, but just went for it and I’m so thankful I did. I ended up eventually extending my trip for a third time while in Jerusalem and returned to Livnot to spend my last week in Israel in Tzfat. It makes me sad how many people go on Birthright and don’t extend their trip, especially because it is so easy and inexpensive to do so.
Tzfat really was the beginning of my journey in Israel and I’m so appreciative that I chose to do so. I completely fell in love with Israel and I can’t wait to return this summer!