Livnotes June 2012 – Livnot News

Saving the Stones A group from the MASA program, Saving the Stones, based at the International Conservation Center in Akko, spent a few days at Livnot in May. The group learned about and practiced the art of restoration and conservation, in partnership with Livnot, on our own 16th Century Village site – the “Kahal.” Metzuda (Citadel Park) in Tzfat Livnot has returned to take the lead on restoring and beautifying Tzfat’s Metzuda Park, in partnership with the Municipality of Tzfat and the Ministry of Housing and Construction. A special thanks goes to thank the youngest participants of the JCC of Denver Israel trip for donating their time and energy to assist Livnot in renovating the Metzuda of Tzfat. Community Service Program Livnot’s work crews and volunteers have been focusing on two main projects in the seven cities we are current operating in – Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Hadera, Or Akiva, Pardes Hana, Tzfat and Hatzor Haglilit: 1) Livnot’s Home Repair Project – making essential home repairs for Israel’s neediest families. 2) Kehillah Bonah Project, in partnership with the JDC – repairing and restoring both the apartments and the common areas of one building. In the process, the recipients commit to volunteering in their community for a certain number of hours per month. A special thank you to the Municipalities of Beit Shemesh and Hadera, who have generously contributed towards a portion of the costs of this project. Also, the Livnot work crew in Tzfat recently began a new project – converting an abandoned shelter into an after school center for children. Kahal – A National Heritage Site Digging and restoration continues on the Kahal, as we move forward with our partnership with the Office of the Prime Minster of the Israeli Government and the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Meir Paltiel
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Originally from Syracuse, NY, Meir received his BA in American History and Political Science from Tulane University and his MS in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He arrived in Israel in 1992, served in the Nahal Infantry Unit before moving to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On Kibbutz, Meir was Assistant Manager of the... Read More