Onward Israel: Galilee Trek & Connect

About The Program

July 1st – August 12th 2018

Livnot’s Galilee Trek & Connect is a community service program in the heart of the Galilee. You will be involved in various archaeological and volunteering activities that give you access to explore Israel’s ancient past, impact its present, and preserve its future. Connect with the diverse population of northern Israel and your own personal and Jewish identity.

Livnot U’Lehibanot means “Build and Be Built” and at Livnot, the focus is on building community, helping others, and personal growth through a Jewish lens. We combine elements of the physical and spiritual to offer you a program that is mystical, practical, unique, and relevant. Join us on this six-week program for Jewish young adults, aged 21-30.

The Galilee Trek & Connect is not an internship program, but can still build your resume. Whether or not the topics in this program are directly connected to your desired profession, they do offer development in a skill set that will impact your personal and professional life for years to come.

Explore the Past

To know where we’re going, we need to know where we come from. The history of the Jewish people in Israel spans over 3,900 years.

Livnot U’Lehibanot is partnered with the Israel Antiquities Authority, allowing us to assist archaeologists in unearthing the past of the Jewish people. Excavation sites are located in and around the ancient city of Tiberias, on the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Together we will work to bring to the public the Cardo, which is the ancient Roman market in Tiberius, as well as synagogues from that period. In addition you will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Archaeological Site Preservation and Restoration
  • Economic Development of the site
  • Tourism and Marketing

The group will work together on a project to present to the Israel Antiquities Authority involving an aspect of site development. The scope and focus of the project will be decided by the group. You will receive a certificate from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Livnot U’Lehibanot on the hours volunteered and the subjects learned during the program.

Connect with the Present

Galilee Trek & Connect participants will also be engaged in community service within Tzfat working on such projects as Emek Techelet Nature Park, the Tzfat Home for the Aged and renovating apartments of the needy (these service projects vary according to need and availability).

Art, Music, and Creativity

In the 1950’s, Israeli artists flocked to Tzfat, transforming it into the thriving cultural center of Northern Israel that it has become. Today there is a strong artistic presence in sculpture, painting, music, jewelry, and Judaica. You will get to meet and learn from local artists and musicians and take part in the creative atmosphere.

Hike Like an Israeli

Northern Israel has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the country and the most fresh water. We will hike the Galilee and Golan twice weekly, take time to swim their streams and waterfalls, and learn from the nature around us. We will close the program with a three-day hike from Tzfat to the Mediterranean Sea.


Shabbat brings each week to a close. With it, comes the opportunity to detox a bit from the “everyday” and re-energize for the week ahead. Shabbat in Tzfat is an amazing time-out, and the magic of our traditions created here were spread to Jewish communities around the world. Kabbalat Shabbat started in Tzfat. Connect to its source and experience where and why it all began.

Build Yourself

On our programs, the mystical city of Tzfat becomes your home and the people who live here become your neighbors. We make meals together and hike the north, along rivers and through canyons – stopping for lunch and learning sessions by waterfalls and shady groves.

We delve into ancient Jewish wisdom and explore what our heritage has to say about life, intimacy, our relationship with the environment, building community and fixing the world. You may get a taste of Kabbalah and shakshuka all on the same day.   

The Livnot Galilee Trek & Connect program provides opportunities to get in touch with yourself. Being part of a community and exploring the land helps cultivate an open mind and an open heart, which are integral to how we apply ourselves in everyday life.

Living Arrangements

Participants live in the Livnot campus, located in the heart of the Old City of Tzfat. The building is 500 years old and has been rebuilt by the Livnot participants from years gone by. The facilities include: a communal kitchen and dining hall, a meditation/activity room, wi-fi, laundry, room A/C units and bathroom. Participants also have access to the Livnot balcony, which boasts one of the best views of the entire Galilee. The sunsets are breath-taking, and no two are the same.

Program Includes

  • Hikes provide a chance to challenge ourselves physically, learn from nature and strengthen our connection with our environment and Israel.
  • Jewish content including an overall perspective of Jewish texts through Chevrutot (peer-based learning sessions), workshops on spirituality, and the celebration of Shabbat.
  • Living in Israel and becoming part of the hip and artistic Tzfat community; full of galleries, local and organic food, spiritual learning, live music events, open mic nights, local wineries and craft beers made right here in Tzfat.
  • Communal living accommodations at the Livnot campus in the mystical Old City of Tzfat and two meals per day.

Livnot U’Lehibanot is a non-profit organization supported in part by alumni, private donors, and foundations.

Additional Info

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“Where will I stay? Is there wifi and a laundry room?” These questions and more are answered here in full detail.

Sample Schedule
Livnot U’lehibanot Onward Israel: Galilee Trek & Connect 2018
1-Jul 2-Jul 3-Jul 4-Jul 5-Jul 6-Jul 7-Jul
Week 1 Building Community Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Hike Service w/IAA Service w/IAA Tzfat Community Service (CS) Artists Tour & Workshop Free
Lunch Hike Host Families
Afternoon Opening Circle / Orientation Hike Service w/IAA Service w/IAA 15:00 – Shabbat class (Alon), Shabbat Preps Free class
Dinner Tzfat Tour
Evening Service Orientation My Judaism Discussion Group 16:30 – Class -“Building Community” from Bereshit Free night Night Hike Biriya – Navoriya Kab. Shabbat 3rd Meal
8-Jul 9-Jul 10-Jul 11-Jul 12-Jul 13-Jul 14-Jul
Week 2 Personal Growth Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 1 Friday Saturday
Morning Service w/IAA Service w/IAA Service w/IAA Service w/IAA Hike Hike Free
Lunch Tzfat-Kineret Natur-Avnei Eitan Host Families
Afternoon 16:30 Lech Lecha – Personal Growth workshop 16:00 Visit Tzfat Mikveh Kashrut class & Healthy Cooking Workshop Overnight Hike orientation & preps Back to Tzfat class
Evening Jewish Music- Nigun Workshop Movie&Disussion Expression Show Free Overnight at Kinneret Kab. Shabbat Free night
15-Jul 16-Jul 17-Jul 18-Jul 19-Jul 20-Jul 21-Jul
Week 3 The Spiritual Side Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Service w/IAA Service w/IAA Service w/IAA All Day Hike Tzfat CS OI Shabbaton OI Shabbaton
Afternoon Tie-in session Jewish Meditation Relationship Building Class OI Shabbaton
Evening Soul Quantum Mechanics Kabbalah & Art Workshop Night-Out in Rosh Pina Spirituality & Medicine – Guest Speaker
22-Jul 23-Jul 24-Jul 25-Jul 26-Jul 27-Jul 28-Jul
Week 4 World Relations Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Service w/IAA Service w/IAA Service w/IAA All Day Hike Zaki Tzfat CS Free Shabbat Free Shabbat
Lunch All Day Hike Zaki
Afternoon Judaism for the Nations Movie & Discussion Personal Stories Staff Session Tzfat CS
Evening Night Hike – Gush Chalav My Judaism Discussion Free Night Tu B’Shvat Preps Long-weekend
29-Jul 7/30/2018 7/31/2018 1-Aug 2-Aug 3-Aug 4-Aug
Week 5 Repairing the World Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Service w/IAA Service w/IAA All Day Hike Service w/IAA Shab preps Free
Lunch Return from Free Shabbat Hike & Meditation- Emek HaTchelet Host Families
Afternoon Action vs Words Repairing the world class Relationship Class Shabbat Preps class
Evening tie-in session Movie & Discussion Ilan Shochat – Mayor Tzfat Free night Kab. Shabbat 3rd Meal
5-Aug 6-Aug 7-Aug 8-Aug 9-Aug 10-Aug 11-Aug
Week 6 The Land & It’s People Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Final Project presentaion 3 Day Hike 3 Day Hike 3 Day Hike Free Shabbat Preps Free
Lunch Tzfat to Bet Jean Bet Jean to Maalot Maalot to The Sea Life After Livnot Session Visit Rimon Winery Host Families
Afternoon 3 Day Hike Orientation & Preps Alumni – Continuing the Jewish Journey Forest Meditation & Learning
Dinner Rtn to Campus 3rd Meal
Evening Camp Out & BBQ Camp Out & BBQ Dinner – Recovery Shabbat Preps – Mystic Mt. Kab. Shabbat Closing circle
Suggested Packing List

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.

Click here for the list and details of what to pack (and what not to…).

Health Insurance

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.

Cell Phone Rental

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:

  • FREE incoming calls and text messages from anywhere in the world.
  • Calls to anywhere in Israel or North America for as low as 9.9 cents per minute.
  • IsraelPhones Sim Cards for use with your unlocked GSM smartphone.
  • Discount DATA packages for unlimited use.
  • USB modem rentals for easy unlimited internet access.

Further details on pricing and special offers are available on IsraelPhones website here.