Tivnu: Building Justice

Tivnu is Hebrew for Build. Tivnu participants build community, justice, and purpose. Together we build a better world. Tivnu: Building Justice integrates direct service for the fulfillment of basic human needs, Jewish learning and living, and leadership development.

Tivnu at Work

  • Discover your passions and effect real change through hands-on internships
  • Learn about complex social justice issues from Jewish and global perspectives
  • Create a meaningful Jewish community and lifelong friendships
  • Explore Portland and the Pacific Northwest
  • Build tangible skills and independence
What people are saying about the Tivnu gap year
"You should never believe someone when they say ‘oh yeah best time of my life woohoo’ except when I’m saying it because I’m being honest! These past nine months have been so transformative. I volunteered at three different places every week, and Tivnu did a great job of pairing me up with placements that were right for me.” -Nadav F.
“My son is doing meaningful work, learning how to live independently, learning who he is and experiencing the good that comes when he pushes himself out of his comfort zone. I cannot recall a time since toddlerhood when I have seen him grow so much as a person. This is a superb program that does all the things it promises in a brochure, website or open house.” -Susan Cohen, M.D.