Livnot’s programs are geared towards young Jewish adults aged 21 – 30. However, each spring Livnot hosts students from the Alexander Muss High School in Israel which provides a wide range of Israel experiences for high schoolers. For the fifth year in a row, students from the school have come to Tzfat to participate in volunteer work through Livnot. They spread out through the city, volunteering in the old age home, English library, kindergartens, clothing bank, special education facilities, municipality and more. One of the students summed up his three weeks at Livnot: “For me, Livnot has been a taste of what it’s like to live on my own, more or less in control of my own affairs — there’s no requirement to be here, there’s no curfew, there’s lots of free time to fill with getting to know Tzfat. After spending weeks at the Alexander Muss campus in Hod HaSharon, knowing where my laundry is at a given moment is a great feeling. We also cook our own food here, which is awesome because all of our group’s cooking talent is brought to the forefront, but also because getting to make and then eat a favorite family recipe can make Livnot feel a little bit like home. Unlike the rest of my time in Israel, with Livnot I feel like I am living in the country rather than traveling. Having a somewhat regular schedule contributes to this, and so does going out to work in the community. Because Tzfat is a fairly small town, I always see people I recognize when I go out for a walk, and I can say “Mah Schlomcha?” and get a wave or a smile. I can look at the tour groups and smile at them, and I can tell them which way to the Blue Synagogue, and it’s a happy feeling, a feeling of belonging.” Sincerely yours, Jacob S.
Written by Meir Paltiel
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