Israel Programs

Livnot U’Lehibanot is an unaffiliated, non-profit organization that has been running co-ed Israel experience 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!

Our Programs

An amazing adventure in the heart of the Galilee, based in the mystical city of Tzfat, includes awe-inspiring hikes, meaningful volunteering, workshops, local Israel music and Shabbat celebration, and more.

Not your typical internship. While a lot of our focus today may be on how our resume looks, it is really a tool to help us tell our story. What we are offering may not be directly connected to your profession, but we are offering development in a skill set that will impact your personal and professional life for years to come.

These are based on the Northern Exposure program, designed to deepen the Israel experience while celebrating the holidays that inspire the cycles of life.

So you flew around the country and had a little taste of Israel on your jam-packed 10 day Birthright trip. Now take a week (or two) to get deeper. Take time to process your experience and add to it in beautiful Northern Israel in the quaint, spiritual mountain town of Tzfat (Safed). Explore your Judaism through Kabbalah, mindfulness, hiking, and community service.

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Hiking

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.

Community Service

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.  

Spirituality Workshops

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.

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