Livnot U'lehibanot - Volunteer Programs in Israel

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Livnot connects visitors from around the world with meaningful community service projects in Tzfat, Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. Volunteering with Livnot is a great way to participate in "Tikun Olam" (repairing the world) during one of the days of a vacation, tour, family or school trip, community mission, or your child's Bar/Bat Mitvah in Israel.

Volunteers will work with local community leaders on varies projects as different needs arise. We also take our volunteers special skills and interests into account, so please let us know!

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The volunteers live in the heart of the old city in ancient, dug out rooms. It is incredible. Each room has its own bathroom and the rooms sizes vary from 3 people per room to 5. They also each have windows and access to air (don't be put off by the 'dug out' description. I only mean they are each a part of the extensive excavation that Livnot has done over the past 35 years and they are mostly...
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Reviews

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based on 32 reviews
  • Impact 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.9
  • Value 9
  • Safety 9.8
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ronit
10/10

Increadible experience

Livnot is a wonderful organization filled with amazing teachers and mentors. I learned practical things like tiling and grouting as well as more beautiful ideas about Judaism. The hikes were also wonderful and so pretty.

Yes, I recommend
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funtime1212
10/10

Great Program

I had a lot of fun it was great! I would recommend it to all my friends, it is affordable with a great living space! The staff are very friendly and helpful and over all it was very enjoyable! Keep it up!

Yes, I recommend
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Karyn
10/10

Just Do It!

This might be the cheesiest thing to say ever, but I'm going to say it anyway with the utmost sincerity: Livnot U'Lehibanot is a once in a lifetime experience that lasts for a lifetime. 

I cannot find enough words to describe the positive impact Livnot has made on my life. The volunteer experiences leave you feeling like you are a part of the history of an already ancient city whether it is building a park, hanging out with new Ethiopian immigrants, or doing arts and crafts with enigmatic people older than the state of Israel herself! The integration with locals makes you feel at home and the staff right on campus truly becomes your family. The Livnot experience doesn't have off hours when you arrive back to campus from a day of hiking or volunteering, it goes with you to lunch where the local Yemenite pizza maker gives you a discount because "Oh! You're with Livnot!!" Let's not forget the great hikes, which leave you with not only a deeper appreciation for the land of Israel, but also for yourself because we never miss an opportunity to learn and grow along the way. 

Livnot won't just follow you to your lunch break in Tzfat, it will follow you back home to your community, and thanks to alumni connecting initiatives, you can be connected to past Livnoters all around the world and maybe even right next door. That is why I like to call this program 'leave-not'...because (and here comes the cheese again) the experience stays with you forever.

Yes, I recommend
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gabigirl
10/10

Lovely Livnot

My summer at Livnot has forever broadened my definition of Judaism and reshaped the way I identify with the Jewish community. Living in Tzfat, engaging in discussions about kabbalah, and keeping an open mind have all led me to a new understanding of what it means for me to be a Jew. There is no wrong or right way to approach ones spirituality, there's no such thing as a 'good Jew' or a 'bad Jew'. Being Jewish is a personal journey of discovery for each of us to embark upon, allowing for the development of a unique Judaism within each of us. It's your Judaism to explore, and no one can tell you you're doing it wrong, because as long as you're asking questions and seeking answers, you are in search of something bigger than yourself and that exploration is what it means to be Jewish.

Yes, I recommend
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jeros001
10/10

This program changed my life.

I have to say with 100% certainty that this program is one of the best ways to experience Israel for someone who doesn't have much connection to their Jewish roots. The combination of awesome hikes (led by down to earth and extremely knowledgeable guides), meaningful community service, and very open Jewish experiences such as discussions, Shabbat experiences, and workshops was perfect for me. The staff is fun, knowledgeable, and always available to suggest (or join you for) awesome activities and the location is absolutely gorgeous. An off-the-beaten-track, meaningful way to experience Israel that will undoubtably leave you with new friends and insights. I couldn't recommend it more!

Yes, I recommend
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Livnot
10/10

A unique life-changing journey

At Livnot U'lehibunot you will get a very unique Israel experience. The length of the program is idea, not too short but long enough to give you a sense of what if feels like to live in the land of Israel.
Livnot is a perfect combination of what most young jewish people need to experience in Israel.
Living in one of the most mystic and historic cities of Israel, Zefad, you get to immerse in a unique community while volunteering and learning from the staff and artists of the city. Every week you will get to experience the land through hikes that go beyond expectations. As opposed to many of the programs that take you through Israel, this one focuses on helping you identify with your Judaism and roots. It is not only a journey on the outside, but a learning experience about the self. And every experience is about togetherness, and community. You will sleep, hike, eat, cook, wash, volunteer, dance, sing, study, and learn all together, like a family.

Yes, I recommend
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ARI
9/10

A summer of ReJEWvenation

I was looking for a summer experience that would really connect me to Israel, and this program fit perfectly. From rebuilding homes and ancient ruins to hiking to simply watching the inspiring sunset every night, Livnot U'lehibunot was just what I was looking for. The staff was amazing, and I was really able to connect with everyone on a personal and spiritual level. I hope I will be back soon

Yes, I recommend
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Yolo
10/10

Shawarma Bears

I spent 4 weeks in Tzfat Israel at the Livnot campus as part of the Galilee Fellowship and had an amazing experience. Through the hiking, cooking, community involvement, spiritual development, and jewish learning I not only grew as a person, but was truly able to have an awesome time with the people around me.

Yes, I recommend
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ab11
10/10

A great experience

Livnot was an amazing experience that I chose to participate in after my Birthright trip was over. I knew I wanted to extend my stay in Israel, and Livnot was the perfect choice for me. We did volunteer work around the community that was fun and laid-back, and I met great people and learned so much.

Yes, I recommend
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The
10/10

Livnot - A great experience

We went as part of a group for community service from University of Miami and had a fantastic time. It was a great opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to find out more about people living in israel and to meet others and to hike the land. It really was the perfect combination. What made the program extra special was the phenomenal staff. Thank you

Yes, I recommend
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pomegranate
8/10

Life changing Livnot

I was nervous in going to Israel - I wasn't sure what to expect, if it would be welcoming, if I would be "Jewish" enough. But Livnot became a second home for me in those short weeks - a place for friendship, spiritual questioning, and so so much learning. The staff was a great part of that - they all made a particular effort to entertain any thought, to allow conversation to flow.

We visited all the great sights - an afternoon at the Wailing Wall and Shabbat in Tsvat were highlights - and through it all, it was a question of not just the history but personal meaning.

I highly recommend this organization, whatever your journey's intent.

Yes, I recommend
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ilike2volunteer
10/10

Awesome experience with Livnot

I went on birthright with Livnot in 2009. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I loved the fact that I was still able to help the needy and excavate Tzfat while also learning about my culture. The people on the trip were awesome, too.

Yes, I recommend
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Amf616
10/10

Do this program!

If you're looking for a really meaningful way to get involved in Israel and simultaneously do some soul/self-searching, Livnot is it. You volunteer in the heart of the community, doing organic gardening and composting, excavating and rebuilding ancient sites, working with local children and families, and so much more. The hiking is absolutely gorgeous, with amazing, knowledgable guides. You'll meet some of the coolest and most interesting people in the country. And you will learn so much about Judaism, history, and YOURSELF!! The campus is located in the very center of Tzfat's Old City, so you get to know a very special, spiritual place in Israel where most travelers only spend a few hours. I can't stress how great this program is and how dedicated the entire staff is to making sure volunteers get the very most out of their experience. Livnot has a HUGE presence in the Tzfat community for a good reason! You can make a difference in the world and in yourself. Highly highly highly recommend.

Yes, I recommend
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drome21
10/10

Excellet 1 month program

Awesome and fun time, community service is meaningful and the hikes where great! Really gives a sense of community, we cook together we eat together, and we have fun together. Would recommend this program to all of my friends!

Yes, I recommend
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gjb816
10/10

Radical Amazement

By far the best program I have ever been on. I never expected to feel and become part of a community in such a short amount of time. The staff working at Livnot couldn't have been any better. Each day the themes we focused on (amazement, tikkun olam, community) allowed me to be more conscious of the reasons I choose to participate in a program that gave back to the community. The most memorable part of the program for me was definitely the Shabbat experiences. Letting Shabbat in with our singing while watching the sunrise was incredible and no picture or video could EVER capture its beauty, everyone was just enjoying it in the moment. One of the most important things I took back from this trip is to be amazable and to surround yourself with amazable people that are able to appreciate the things that are often overlooked. Livnot was an unforgettable experience and I am already planning on returning soon. I hope more people have the honor to visit such an incredible community that Livnot offers. Mamash amazing.

Yes, I recommend

About Livnot U'Lehibanot

Livnot is the premiere experience geared towards Jews 21-30+ with little or no background in Judaism. The program facilitates an exploration of Israel and Jewish heritage through the medium of fascinating seminars, challenging hikes and rewarding...