• Northern Exposure

    The Old City of Tzfat, in the Galilee mountains, has been a center for Jewish spirituality and mysticism since the 16th century. Join us for 4 weeks of exploring, hiking and experiencing Chanukah in the unique beauty of Northern Israel and Tzfat.


    The Livnot program will focus on building a community of people who wish to explore themselves and the significance of the Festival of Hannukah, Heroism and daily miracles. We will experience this special holiday as we look for meaningful insights and while hiking the mountains, caves and waterfalls of northern Israel. We will explore Tzfat’s mysterious Old City, get to know its people, and experience it with music, and community work. Within this setting, we will be able to contemplate and discuss our own identity as individuals and as a part of a group.

    This program is open to serious young adults between 21-32 from around the world with an interest in spirituality, volunteering, and hiking, who are interested in discovering their Jewish identity. While no previous hiking experience is necessary, we do expect all participants to be able to do a full-day hike with a backpack. It is not geared towards those who want to party/get up late/chill all day; nor is it geared towards those who grew up religious, regularly celebrated Shabbat, or went to a Jewish High School.

    The program will be guided by Livnot’s experienced educational staff including Michael Even-Esh, Yifat Refaeli, Rabbi Meir Sendor, and many more.

    Important Information

    All participants are responsible for their travel cost and for arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $ 100 program security deposit in cash upon arrival in Israel. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing. Admission is rolling. Applications will close on December 11, 2022 or earlier if the program fills.

    Program Cost
    $500. Includes housing, 2 meals per day (except on days of the Holidays when 3 meals will be provided) ground transportation to and from hikes and program costs.

    December 18, 2022 – January 15, 2023

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to young adults between 21-32 from around the world with an interest in spirituality, volunteering and hiking and generally discovering their identity.

    Fluent in English

    Previous participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel is encouraged for any eligible applicants

    Dorm-style housing in the Tzfat Old City style.

    Participants will stay at “The Blue Khan” – a specially styled dormitory in the Artists’ Quarter of Tzfat; there will be between 2 and 4 participants in each room. The Blue Khan includes a kitchen, a dining room, and a balcony. All rooms have air conditioning/heating and have a full bathroom.

    The number of participants in an apartment or room is dependent on the number of participants in the program.

    While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    For More Information Contact
    Ariella +972 (0)524295377

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible