Awaken your soul with a breathtaking view of Northern Israel as your background for the next 7 days. Hike stunning trails, explore the themes of Tikkun Olam by giving to others through meaningful community service, meet local artists and delve into your own creativity by making beautiful foods, music, and art. Each day presents a fresh look into our connection with the world around us.
Livnot U’Lehibanot is an unaffiliated, non-profit organization that has been running co-ed Israel programs since 1980. The programs facilitate an exploration of Israel and Jewish heritage through hiking, community service, seminars, and meaningful interactions with native and immigrant Israelis. Livnot programming is geared for Jewish adults with little Jewish background. The Livnot campus is unlike any hotel or hostel. All participants work as a team to create an atmosphere of participation and communal living. Each and every person gets to contribute, make a difference, and be a part of the family. Here at Livnot, you will have some amazing experiences and make lifelong friends!
I feel like I came to Israel to learn more about/explore my Jewish identity and being at Livnot was perfect for that.
There’s no words that can fully explain the positive impact Livnot and Tzfat had on me...I loved Shabbat with the group. It was a very powerful time and I can’t wait to go back and do it again.
Amazing balance of Judaism. In a world where we usually choose between a Kibbutz (not Jewish enough) or a Yeshiva (too Jewish), Livnot provides an alternative.
Shabbat can be what you make of it.
Taking time out of every week to spend time with the people around you and appreciate what you have is important.
It was very relaxing and a refreshing experience. It reminded me why I enjoy being Jewish.
The best Shabbat of my life. It was magic, the music, the sunset, the food. I want more!!!
I was nervous to do it initially, but I’m really glad I did it. I learned a lot and I think the program made me more introspective. It made me want to come back to Israel.
Personally, I found Livnot to be more spiritual than the Birthright programs. It really opened my mind to a whole different side of Judaism.
I am more confident in the directions I want my life to go; as in, I am confident I need to keep learning and questioning. I think with what I have learned in the past four weeks, I will be better equipped to bring parts of my Israel and Judaism home.
My first Livnot program, and the two weeks I spent in Israel during it, felt as if I had discovered a new room in my home after living there my entire life. The best part of Livnot was the inexplicable power of Shabbat, the magic of Eretz Yisrael, and specifically Tzfat.
Birthright scraped the surface of what I wanted to learn & Livnot gave me the full, in depth understanding.
Yes so much helped me find my spirituality in Judaism, opened my eyes to Kabbalah, really helped me reconnect w/Judaism and tackle new concepts.
I didn't know how much my current spiritual beliefs were paralleled in Kabbalah and Jewish beliefs. I thought I was searching outside myself but this program helped me recognize that I was really seeing my inner light.
Livnot added to my Israel experience more than you know. I came here set in my ways and opinions about Judaism and now a whole new door of discovery has been opened.
I had never experienced keeping Shabbat like that before. Singing still continues to be a way I express my spirituality!
This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever gone on. The landscape was incredible.
It was nice to experience a calm Shabbat rather than my typical Tel Aviv Shabbat.
The most significant message for me was that I can add Jewish meaning to every aspect of my life.
In total awe of this place. Each experience created the whole.
My life has been changed for the better because of this program and I cannot be more thankful for spending an incredible week here.
I think Livnot made my Israel experience. I really connected with everyone I met in a deep way.
It has reconnected me to my heritage and strengthened my bond to Judaism. I have learned more on this trip about Judaism than I have ever learned. It has drastically changed how I plan to continue my path. I feel like brush has been cleared to show me a path I did not know was there. I plan to continue learning.
Overall it was a great experience that I will recommend to my friends when I get back home. It provided me with a meaningful opportunity to connect to Israel and focus on Judaism.
I was shocked by the amazing things we where doing like painting the bomb shelter and cheering up the sick at the nursing home with our music. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget.
I learned a lot about how nature connects w/Judaism and the power of G-d. Also, be positive, humble & open.
A great alternative program. The focus on group discussions to learn about each other + digest what we are experiencing added to the depth. Great teachers + speakers I’d love to meet again, talk to + learn more from.
It was the perfect follow up for Birthright.
It gave me more spirituality than I’ve ever experienced in Israel and now I have a place to spiritually recharge.
Added 120% to my Israel experience. Different from Birthright – took the Israel experience a step further to connect personally w/Judaism + Israel – going to elderly home + family home on Shabbat – deep discussions + beautiful scenery.
Livnot provided me with the clarity I needed for what I want out of my living experience in Israel.
This was probably the best I have ever felt about myself in my entire life. The impressions I made on people being new to Judaism, just baffled me. Never have shed a tear in front of so many people before.
Livnot allowed me to have an experience that filled me with an incomparable sense of awe that I carry with me to this day.
I received more in this one week with Livnot then I have in the whole month I’ve been here through MASA. All the things Livnot offers, spiritually, intellectually, and otherwise, has been incredibly inspiring and motivating.
Livnot is my favorite part about Israel. I love it here and I love Tzfat and I want to come back.
The meditation in the morning helped me connect to why I was here and how to be happier.
100% added to my Israel experience. It was exactly what I came to Israel for – exploring nature, volunteer work & deep discussion, would highly recommend.
The hiking element of the Livnot U’Lehibanot Israel experience programs is quintessential to the theme of practical spirituality that Livnot celebrates. A huge part of connecting to Judaism comes through nature. There are multiple awe-inspiring hikes weekly with each program. Trek through waterfalls in the heart of the Galilee, explore the magnificent Golan Heights, challenge yourself, and experience nature through a different lens.Visit ancient synagogues, long-forgotten caves, farms that have provided for centuries, and springs that are still giving water and peace to this day. Each journey with Livnot, whether underground or over mountain, provokes introspection and reflection. All of the hikes are guided by Livnot’s experienced staff, who provide insight and meaning to the spectacular places the the group’s visit.
As part of Livnot’s commitment to community service, Livnot operates meaningful volunteer programs throughout Israel. Livnot has partnered with several organizations, including the Joint Distribution Committee, local municipalities and social welfare services. Our current projects include excavating 16th century grounds, visiting and singing at old age homes, and various projects throughout the community in Tzfat.
The spirituality workshops at Livnot open eyes, hearts and minds to the fine fibers of intentions and potentials that construct our realities. The workshops inspire an open space culture; a natural environment for learning and creating a personal experience with Judaism and the Jewish world. Topics include, but are not limited to: Nature & Judaism, Relationships & Sexuality, Spiritual Eating, Jewish Spirituality in a Modern Age, Jewish Music & Art, and Kabbalat Shabbat.