Spend part of this summer in Tzfat, Israel hiking, volunteering, and studying with other Jewish professionals as you gain the skills to talk about meaning, spirituality, and Judaism.
Participants pay only $400 (covering their $100 registration deposit/$300 tuition). Flight costs are not included in the program tuition. Employers are asked to contribute $500 per professional. All programming, housing, and two meals per day are covered by Livnot.
The gifts that the city of Tzfat offers: spirituality, community, creativity and natural beauty to provide an experience that will touch your soul.
Livnot U’Lehibanot’s 37 years of educational experience as well as the wisdom of leaders in Jewish mysticism, art, nature and community service.
A range of challenging and inspiring activities for refreshing and renovating our spirit, building our Jewish base and enhancing our ability to engage Jewish students on campus.
Living accommodations at the Livnot campus in the mystical Old City of Tzfat and at least two meals each day.
A sense of community among the young Jewish adult participants, who hike, volunteer, learn, and experience Israel together. This togetherness then remains with alumni throughout the Jewish World in the years to come.
Shabbat can be what you make of it.
In total awe of this place. Each experience created the whole.
This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever gone on. The landscape was incredible.
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.
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.
It was very relaxing and a refreshing experience. It reminded me why I enjoy being Jewish.
Livnot is my favorite part about Israel. I love it here and I love Tzfat and I want to come back.
I feel like I came to Israel to learn more about/explore my Jewish identity and being at Livnot was perfect for that.
The most significant message for me was that I can add Jewish meaning to every aspect of my life.
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 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.
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.
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.
100% added to my Israel experience. It was exactly what I came to Israel for – exploring nature, volunteer work & deep discussion, would highly recommend.
Livnot provided me with the clarity I needed for what I want out of my living experience in Israel.
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.
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.
Taking time out of every week to spend time with the people around you and appreciate what you have is important.
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 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.
Birthright scraped the surface of what I wanted to learn & Livnot gave me the full, in depth understanding.
I learned a lot about how nature connects w/Judaism and the power of G-d. Also, be positive, humble & open.
I think Livnot made my Israel experience. I really connected with everyone I met in a deep way.
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.
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.
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.
The meditation in the morning helped me connect to why I was here and how to be happier.
It was the perfect follow up for Birthright.
It was nice to experience a calm Shabbat rather than my typical Tel Aviv Shabbat.
I had never experienced keeping Shabbat like that before. Singing still continues to be a way I express my spirituality!
It gave me more spirituality than I’ve ever experienced in Israel and now I have a place to spiritually recharge.
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.
My life has been changed for the better because of this program and I cannot be more thankful for spending an incredible week here.
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.
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.
Rabbi Meir Sendor, Ph.D., serves as the facilitator for Tal Orot and an educator for Livnot U’Lehibanot. After serving as the rabbinic leader of the Young Israel of Sharon for thirty-two years, Rabbi Sendor and his wife Anne have moved to Tzfat, Israel in the summer of 2016. With rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and a doctorate from Harvard University in medieval Jewish history, with special expertise in the history of Kabbalah and Jewish philosophy, Rabbi Sendor teaches a wide range of subjects, from kabbalah, philosophy and hasidism to talmudic and biblical commentary, halakhah and ethics. He uses his three decades of experience teaching Torah and meditation in the Sharon and the Greater Boston area to implement this program in Israel.
Shlomo Tal was born and raised in Kazakhstan in the Former Soviet Union. At the age of 15, he made Aliyah on his own and studied Jewish philosophy and spirituality for a decade at various schools around the country. He served in the IDF as a counter-terror instructor. Shlomo fell in love with Tzfat 20 years ago, living there for five years along with his wife, Orly, and their children. Since 2012, he has worked at Livnot as an educator and program coordinator, running scores of programs and has created educational material including Livnot’s Tu B’Shvat Companion and several educational videos on this holiday.
Shlomo enjoys music, nature, painting, martial arts, optional challenges and extreme freedom of thought.
Cost: Participants cover only their $100 application deposit and $300 tuition fee. Employers are asked to contribute $500 per professional. All programming, housing, and two meals per day are covered by Livnot. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.
Though this program has subsidized tuition, meals, and housing, financial aid may be available. Hillel Professionals are encouraged to apply for a professional development grant through Hillel International.
The Livnot U’Lehibanot campus is located in the ancient city of Tzfat high atop the hills that make up the Upper Galilee. Rooms are designed for 3-5 people, with air conditioning, bathrooms, single beds and, in some cases, bunk beds. All bedding and towels will be supplied.
The facilities include a kitchen, dining room, library, meditation room, activity spaces, an amazing terrace, and wifi.
To view more on Livnot’s Facilities please click here
What’s not included:
*The schedule is subject to change
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 on-line (cost is $20/pw). This policy covers accidents, injuries and illnesses, but not pre-existing medical conditions. View the full terms here.