Alumni Spotlight

I find it hard to believe that we Jews have finally entered the month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar. This is the month in which we Jews prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. A time in which we try to wrap our...

Rabbi Mark Miller Congregation Beth Israel Dear Aharon, As I sit in this powerful time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I often look back to the experiences that brought me here so that I can best figure out how to move forward.  And...

Rabbi David Bar-Cohn Clinical Psychotherapist In the summer of 1993, a year after I finished university studies, I came to Livnot with the hope of learning about Judaism and Israel, both of which I realized were important to me me but to which I had...

Rabbi Rick Rheins Temple Sinai Dear Friends, Please permit this Reform Rabbi to share an enthusiastic endorsement of Livnot.  I was on the sixth Livnot program in Tzvat the summer of 1982.  I found that the ideals of vibrant and egalitarian Jewish experience combined...

(This blog post should be read while listening to Just Can't Get Enough) When asked about her Livnot experience, the first thing that comes to mind is blisters and bruises, and nail polish does not survive a single day. Yet despite the battle wounds from...

Growing up, Avi and Rachel Rosenfeld were anything but mainstream. Avi was raised in Telluride, among a motley mix of hippies, Vietnam War Vets and local mining families, trying to create an organic community in the small Colorado town, long before it was rebranded as a posh ski...

Rabbi Gershon Clymer Joint Conversion Institute Livnot was a major turning point in my life.  It was the first place I experienced Jewish spirituality, walked the land of Israel from sea to sea, learned the weekly Torah portion, stayed up all night on Shavuot, bathed...

Peter Rothbart is a singer-songwriter, editor, freelance writer, sustainable agriculture advocate and the founder of a lawn-sharing communal gardening project. He came to Israel for the first time in 2007 with Livnot U’Lehibanot when Livnot was still running Taglit-Birthright trips.  He came again to Israel...

Alumni Spotlight on Stuart Fried After picking avocados and learning Hebrew in an Ulpan on a Kibbutz near Hadera, Stuart Fried started looking for something a little more meaningful to do while in Israel. He somehow heard about Aharon and Livnot. “I liked the idea...

From Livnot Galilee Fellowship to Kent Hillel Taking the Tzfat experience home to Ohio When Jacob Rosen, a native Ohioan, began his search for an immersive Israel program, he had not yet heard of Livnot U'Lehibanot.  Happening upon Livnot's site in his internet search, he...