Northern Exposure, a week-long Israel experience program, offers participants an opportunity to encounter a different side of Israel through hikes off-the-beaten-track, community service, and spirituality workshops.
The program is geared for young Jewish adults in their 20’s with minimal Jewish background. Livnot U’Lehibanot arranges all of the programming logistics, so you can spend your time immersed in a new culture.
A typical day during Northern Exposure features community service in the morning with Israelis and your peers, an adventurous hike in the afternoon, and fun and thought-provoking discussions / activities in the evening.
Don’t have time for a week-long program? This winter you can get connected with our exciting new option that includes the highlights of the Livnot experience in one weekend retreat. Click here for more information.
Awaken your soul with a breathtaking view of Northern Israel as your background for the next 7 days. Hike stunning trails, dare to trek at night guided only by starlight, and use the outdoors as a springboard for personal expression. Explore the themes of Tikkun Olam by giving to others through meaningful community service and co-op style living. 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. learn more here.
Thanks to Livnot’s generous supporters we are able to offer our one-week Northern Exposure program for as little as $250. Tuition includes accommodations, 2 meals/day, hikes, activities, and workshops.
|Subsidies and scholarships||-$500|
|Actual cost to you||$250|
Livnot U’Lehibanot works hard to acquire funding that allows us to subsidize this program. However, in cases where local Jewish Federations or other sponsoring organizations provide Livnot with a scholarship in the name of a specific participant, those funds will be used to cover the full program cost. Any additional funds after deducting the full program cost will be made available to the participant. For more information on external scholarships, click here.
Promotions running this winter:
Sign up by November 15 and pay $199.99
With each friend you bring, you get $25 off the program
Lone Soldiers come for $100
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.
A typical day starts with a community breakfast and a discussion of the day’s newscast and current events in Israel. You’ll either set out on an all-day hike, trekking and exploring the majestic scenery of Northern Israel (including waterfalls and ancient Jewish communities) or getting involved in a meaningful community service activity and an evening seminar or workshop on issues of Jewish spirituality, traditions and values, Kabbalistic art, and other subjects of interest. You’ll experience a traditional Shabbat in Tzfat with local Israelis, which is unparalleled and world-renowned. You are also given free time to explore the cobblestone alleyways of Tzfat on your own and meet the neighbors.
The exact schedule varies based on the needs of the community (volunteer projects), group size and weather conditions. You’ll receive a copy at orientation on your day of arrival. Check out this sample schedule for an overview of what an average Northern Exposure program looks like:
*Schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice
Every participant must have emergency medical coverage for the duration of the program. If you have your own policy from abroad, please provide proof of coverage. Otherwise, you will need to fill out additional forms and pay for insurance upon arrival to Tzfat (cost is $20/week). This policy covers accidents, injuries and illnesses, but not pre-existing medical conditions. View the full terms here.
For your convenience, we have made arrangements with IsraelPhones to provide our participants with affordable cell phone service while in Israel. Phones are delivered free of charge to our campus on your arrival date, or for a small fee to your US address before you begin your trip.
IsraelPhones service highlights include:
Further details on pricing and special offers are available on IsraelPhones website here.
Taking time out of every week to spend time with the people around you and appreciate what you have is important.
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.
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.
In total awe of this place. Each experience created the whole.
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.
It was the perfect follow up for Birthright.
It was very relaxing and a refreshing experience. It reminded me why I enjoy being Jewish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think Livnot made my Israel experience. I really connected with everyone I met in a deep way.
Shabbat can be what you make of it.
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.
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.
Personally, I found Livnot to be more spiritual than the Birthright programs. It really opened my mind to a whole different side of Judaism.
Livnot provided me with the clarity I needed for what I want out of my living experience in Israel.
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.
The best Shabbat of my life. It was magic, the music, the sunset, the food. I want more!!!
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 feel like I came to Israel to learn more about/explore my Jewish identity and being at Livnot was perfect for that.
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.
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.
This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever gone on. The landscape was incredible.
The most significant message for me was that I can add Jewish meaning to every aspect of my life.
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.
It gave me more spirituality than I’ve ever experienced in Israel and now I have a place to spiritually recharge.
Birthright scraped the surface of what I wanted to learn & Livnot gave me the full, in depth understanding.
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 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.
Livnot is my favorite part about Israel. I love it here and I love Tzfat and I want to come back.
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.
I had never experienced keeping Shabbat like that before. Singing still continues to be a way I express my spirituality!
I learned a lot about how nature connects w/Judaism and the power of G-d. Also, be positive, humble & open.
It was nice to experience a calm Shabbat rather than my typical Tel Aviv Shabbat.
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.
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