Hillel Program for Jewish Professionals

A two-week Program | June 3rd-17th, 2018

A pluralistic Jewish experience in exploration, service, and learning for Jewish professionals who want to deepen connection to Soul, Self, Israel and the Jewish People

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.

  • Explore Jewish topics as you discover the scenic Galilee with 15 other Jewish professionals who want to bring meaning and spirituality into their everyday work.
  • Learn from dynamic educators, leading academic experts and your peers while touring and hiking Northern Israel, and volunteering in the city of Tzfat.
  • Topics will include Jewish Philosophy, Kabbalah, meaningful Jewish mentorship, and more.
  • As an all-professional cohort, participants will also take part in personal mentoring, supported learning to develop individual practice, and meetings with leading religious figures in Tzfat.


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.

Program Includes

  • 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.

  • Challenging hikes for your body and soul across hills, ravines and waterfalls of the Galilee and Golan.
  • Inspiring discussions on spirituality and Jewish meaning with fellow participants and community leaders in Tzfat, the ancient home of Kabbalah.
  • An overall immersive, physically and spiritually challenging experience!

What do past participants say?

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Rabbi Meir Sendor

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

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.

Tuition and Scholarships

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 included:

  • Accommodations at the Livnot Campus
  • Two group meals daily
  • Site entrance fees, activity costs and programming
  • Many opportunities for new friendships, appreciation for our traditions, and meaningful experiences

What’s not included:

  • Flights to/from Israel
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Meals not marked as included in itinerary
  • Incidentals

*The schedule is subject to change

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 on-line (cost is $20/pw). This policy covers accidents, injuries and illnesses, but not pre-existing medical conditions. View the full terms here.

Terms & Conditions

For the ‘fine print’ on payments, security, and more, click here.

A program by Livnot U’Lehibanot