Author: Shayna

What brings the festival of Tu B'Shvat and the holy city of Tzfat together? For thousands of years, Jews have been paying special attention to this day, Tu B’Shvat, the fifteenth of day of the Hebrew month of Shvat (bonus point, the Hebrew letters Tet-Vav which...

My name is Danielle Zelin. I was part of Livnot Summer 2014. This past year, I started the US branch of Tsedek (www.tsedek.org), an organization in Israel that helps Jewish children who have come from less fortunate family situations than us. These children are either...

Every Shabbat, some chevre prepare Words of Wisdom, spiritual food for thought to accompany the physical feast. This W.O.W. from the archives describes a Jewish view of contentment. I read once in a prayer book that we end our lives, "like children falling asleep over their toys." That...

26.8 inches. That was the final snowfall total in New York City this past weekend. It was an amazing, shocking, beautiful thing to behold - the city shut down, no cars, no subways, no busses, and only a smattering of people in the streets on...

35 years of Experience Sit upon Four Centuries of Jewish History By Lauren Kessler I flew to Israel to attend Livnot's first Emerging Jewish Leaders Programme (EJLP); a new initiative to develop young Jewish communal professionals around the world and promote avenues for Jewish communal engagement....

Tu B'Shvat Starts Tonight! We're up to our eyeballs in prep for Tu B'Shvat, but not just celebrating in Tzfat. Many organizations across the globe are partnering with Livnot to bring this holiday into to the spotlight, giving it the attention it deserves in the Jewish...

Like many rabbis I am asked on a pretty regular basis what made me decide to go into the rabbinate as a career. I was not raised particularly religious and until my mid-20's I had planned on a career in clinical psychology. And like most...

Alumni Spotlight | Yaron Butterfield Originally published here [caption id="attachment_6873" align="alignright" width="300"] Program T52 in 1997[/caption] In my last blog, I talked about my experience in 1997 in a beautiful program called Livnot U’Lehibanot based in Tsfat, Israel. As part of the program...

Shakshuka: Classic Israeli Breakfast One of the most popular and best-tasting dishes in the Middle East is Shakshuka. If you want a healthy breakfast that the family and friends can enjoy this is the one for you. Here at Livnot Shakshuka is a program favorite. ...

Ohio Scholarship & Grant Opportunities Thinking about coming to Israel this summer, but feeling like the trip is a bit over your budget?  Here at Livnot, we use every resource possible to try and help our chevre get their time of meaningful community service, hiking and...