Family Fun in
Mystical Tzfat and the Galilee
Holy Camp! Applications for 2018 are closed.
Holy Camp! Applications for 2018 are closed.
Applicants will only be accepted to a program once ALL of the following steps have been completed:
If you are already in Israel, see how easy it is to extend your trip with Livnot. Call 052-429-5377 to determine which application steps can be taken care of upon arrival in Tzfat.
The Livnot U’Lehibanot campus is located in the ancient city of Tzfat high atop the hills that make up the Upper Galilee. You will be walking around the city, which has many steep paths and many steps, as does our campus. Unfortunately, our campus is not handicap accessible. If this poses a problem for you or a family member please contact us before completing this application.
Rooms are designed for groups of 3-6 people, with single beds and, in some cases, bunk beds. Families will be housed as family units (parents and their kids together). All bedding and towels will be supplied.
To view more on Livnot’s Facilities please click here
Tuition for Holy Camp! Is $1,000 per person, ages 2 and up.
Babies under age 2 are free.
Tuition fee includes accommodations, meals, transportation within Israel to, during, and from camp, supplemental health insurance (required for tourists), and all program materials.
Participants must cover their own air fare to and from Israel.
Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted by a staff member for a brief consultation to explain things in more detail and answer any questions you may have. Following this conversation, to secure your family’s spot at camp, your application will be considered complete once you have paid a non-refundable registration fee of $500 per family.
This registration fee will be subtracted from the total amount owed.
You may pay the balance in one lump sum, or opt for our payment plan, which will split the remaining balance into equal payments due by the 15th of each month following the month you paid the deposit, and ending May 15, 2018.
Tuition must be paid in full by May 15, 2018 in order to attend camp.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! Save $100 per person by registering and paying the deposit by Jan 31, 2018 (which happens to be Tu B’shvat!).
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
If, for any reason, a family must cancel their registration, a reimbursement of their tuition, excluding the $500 non-refundable deposit, will be given according to the following schedule:
If cancelled by Feb 31 you will be refunded 100%
If cancelled by Mar 31 you will be refunded 75%
If cancelled by April 30 you will be refunded 50%
If cancelled by May 31 you will be refunded 25%
If cancelled after May 31, no reimbursement shall be given.
What is the religious tone of Holy Camp! and of Livnot U’Lehibanot? How about Tzfat? What if our family is interfaith, or more secular, or isn’t comfortable with formal worship?
Holy Camp! aims to engage the hands, heart, mind and spirit and awaken our senses of exploration and wonder. There is no religious prescription or hidden agenda. During times when some people would be worshipping (like on Shabbat morning, for example), there is no expectation that anyone engage in anything that doesn’t feel comfortable. Enjoying free time and taking time for oneself (or with a partner, child, friend) is just as important as any organized program we do. Our staff represents a range of Jewish background and practice and have a great deal of experience with Jews of varied backgrounds. Interfaith families are welcomed with open arms. Tzfat is a modern Jewish city, with a mixed population of Israelis and immigrants from Russia, Ethiopia and across North Africa as well as many English speakers who now call it home. The city is secular with a large traditional population. The Old City (where our campus is) is mostly composed of more orthodox Jews, and we take that into consideration during our stay. That means respecting the Shabbat in all public areas and a more modest dress when walking around town or when visiting with local families.
Is Tzfat a safe place? Should we be concerned about security?
Tzfat is as safe as any other place in the world, and much safer than many places in the world. The old city of Tzfat (where we will be most of the time) has existed, largely intact, since the Medieval Period. It’s a very special, HOLY place, and the people there know – and treasure – that. That doesn’t mean that anything can’t happen there; everything can happen there. It has a peaceful vibe. For those of you who need more reassurance, Livnot is connected to a vast network of people (Israeli intelligence, the government, the army, the national security monitors) who keep tabs on everything going on within the country all the time and do everything to keep us as safe as possible. They issue status reports on a regular basis of anything going on throughout the country that might impact us. Whenever we travel together, we use our own chartered busses, and we will employ guards and medics as needed. Israelis are hyper vigilant about security, so let’s let them worry on our behalf and free ourselves to enjoy.
What happens if I want to schedule time during the camp week to visit my own relatives?
Look, this is your week at family camp. If that week is your only chance to see your extended family or dear Israeli friends, then let’s invite them to join us for a meal. We’d rather do that for anyone who has family in Israel than have people coming and going or making intricate logistical plans instead of being fully present to the awesome camp experience we have planned for you. We intentionally made Holy Camp! 8 days so you can extend your trip in the country and do and see more. We hope to have your full attention and participation while at camp,
Can I have a cell phone at camp?
Yes. But we hope to keep you so wrapped up in each moment that you hardly need to turn it on. We request that you not bring your phone to any camp program (you’d leave it in your room). Staff members will have cell phones, and there are phones in the office should you need to make or receive an important call.
Can I bring my computer to camp?
Sure, but why not give yourself a break and not bother? What would it take to convince you to treat this experience as a “time out of time” kind of deal, like you’re going to a remote place where you can be freed from all pressures of the “real world”? Also…this is a perfect time to let you know that you are going to leave with more than you brought. You are going to create some out-of-this-world arts and crafts…the kinds that you will want to shlep home. Plus Tzfat is an art, Judaica, and jewelry mecca, and your dollars spent there help the artists directly (shopping becomes an act of tzedakkah!). So…is it worth shlepping your computer around?
Can I bring my politics to camp? Is this a place for lively debate and engagement on political matters?
You bring yourself and all your opinions and viewpoints wherever you go. Israel is a place where everyone is actively engaged in their own lives, they are intertwined with the lives of their families, communities, cities, and the national life. You will discuss whatever you feel like discussing with each other and with everyone you meet. But Holy Camp! and Livnot U’Lehibanot try to leave politics out of the equation. We strive to find those pieces of our lives that bring us together. For the 8 days of the program we hope to focus on other important issues, and we’d rather just sing. ☺
Do I need to bring a lot of gear for my child/baby?
You should bring whatever you need to make your international air travel comfortable, but at Livnot we have plenty of story books, toys, games, booster seats, young-child-friendly snacks, sippy cups, baby bath basins, etc. We have three cribs. Tzfat has grocery stores and drug stores that carry the usual array of things like diapers, wipes, etc. So no need to shlep too much.
Is Holy Camp! a place where I can engage in adult learning?
YES! That’s the magic of family camp: everyone’s needs are met. Livnot U’Lehibanot
You can never have too many shoes, but that doesn’t mean you need to bring all of them with you on your Israel journey.
We often hear people groan under the weight of heavy luggage, “I wish I had packed lighter!” Pack all items in a bag you are able to lift by yourself. Suitcases should ideally have wheels but there are a lot of stairs in Tzfat. Tip: You will leave with more than you brought, so save some space in your bag.
Clothes can be washed or worn again, and we have laundry facilities on campus. Israel’s arid climate makes for warm days and chilly nights, so dress in layers when possible. Bring mostly informal clothing, with at least one or two outfits (or layers) that can get very dirty – even paint or clay dirty. A nice outfit is needed for Shabbat or going out (by nice we mean not shlumpy…but not formal either). Emphasize comfort over style with everything you bring. There is no dress code on campus. But when we go out into town, to locals’ homes, or to volunteering activities, please plan to dress more modestly, meaning pants, below-knee skirts, shoulders covered (applies to men and women, and it’s not essential but great if kids follow suit. No pun intended). Bedding and towels are provided.
Basic packing checklist for one-week camp program:
It is essential that you travel with your own Health Insurance, as your coverage during the program takes effect only on the day the program begins.
All Livnot participants are insured during the duration of the program. The Health Insurance taken out on your behalf does not cover any pre-existing medical conditions. If you have such a situation, please make sure that your insurer continues to provide coverage during your trip overseas.
If you use any medications, whether prescribed or otherwise, please be sure that you have a sufficient supply with you. Prescriptions from overseas are not recognized in Israel, and replicating them here is not encouraged. Medical insurance provided through the program includes free doctor visits [in clinics and home visits], hospitalization, and free medications.