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Sukkot at Livnot U'Lehibanot Sukkot is the Jewish celebration of nature and the harvest, a time when we move out of our “permanent” structures into temporary dwellings. There is no better place to celebrate this transition than in the Galilee and the mystical city of...

As Livnot's six-week Onward Israel program comes to an end this Shabbat, participants reflect on their time here at Livnot U'Lehibanot. My name is Marina Shayevich. I’m a 20-year-old college student from New Jersey. At Livnot, I’ve been learning to explore my spirituality and...

Today at sundown starts the 9th of Av – Tisha B’Av - a day of fasting that is the culmination of the period of mourning known as Three Weeks, which started with the mini-fast on the 17th of Tammuz. [caption id="attachment_5374" align="aligncenter" width="350"]...

Every week, Chevre prepare Words of Wisdom to talk to the group over Shabbat. Here, Benjahmen Zand takes on the subject of joy.      Simchah (joy) is one of the highest aspect of life. It infuses us with excitement, strength, openness, freedom, victory, connected-ness,...

The program is a fusion of learning and hands-on experience in the field of health and wellness, involving nature, hiking, community service opportunities, and Jewish learning. This Onward Israel program offers a unique opportunity for participants to delve deeper Jewish roots, explore Jewish outlooks on...

Re-posted from Emily Rapport's blog; The Travelers' New Groove When I told people I met in Israel that I would be participating in a month-long program in Tzfat, they looked at me with varying degrees of skepticism. “Tzfat is a really religious place…what could you...

When Abraham and Sarah entered Canaan at the Ladder of Tyre, they hiked across the width and breadth of the Land of Israel. They did this because to walk the land, to feel it under your feet, to clasp it in your hands...

In response to a project which aims to make Shabbat a central feature of Jewish life in North America, we sent out a request to our alumni.  We asked them to describe their first Shabbat at Livnot and how it affected them.  Read this...

On my third "last" night at Livnot, a small group of chevre headed out into the darkness on a night hike. Illuminated by the stars, the wilderness surrounding Tzfat was vibrant in a whole new light and complimented by the silence of the night. Winding...

The Ari Synagogue is named after Rabbi Isaac Luria, known by his acronym “Ari,” who was a famous Kabbalistic rabbi. The local stories in Tzfat tell that every Friday evening he used to take his followers out of the synagogue to a nearby field and pray in...