Tivnu participants plan many of the community building and Jewish activities and programs throughout the year through their participation in one or both va’adot (committees). Tivnu adventure excursions have included:

Pacific Northwest adventures:

Tivnu_Gap_Year_2014_WaterfallScott Lake, OR
4-day camping and hiking the Obsidian Trail and Mt. Scott with campfire singing and poetry slam
Seattle, WA
3 days of fun and culture in Seattle from the Underground Tour to the Seattle Art Museum and Arboretum
Mt. Hood, OR
3 days of fun in the snow, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and igloo-building
Deschutes River, OR
Jewish gap year mountain adventure5-day camping and rafting trip along 50 miles of the Deschutes River, with visits to Warm Springs Reservation and Smith Rock, as well
Cannon Beach, OR
Weekend trip to the Oregon Coast to explore the seashore and estuary ecosystems
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, OR
3-day Sukkot retreat, including hikes, meditation, building a sukkah, living off the grid, and unplugged talent show
Eugene, OR
Weekend visit to university of Oregon with programs at Hillel and Akiva and time to explore
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Hikes, visit to Multnomah Falls Lodge, and fresh salmon from the Columbia

Exploring the best city in the country: Portland, Oregon!

  • Jewish history tourPowell’s City of Books
  • Portland Night Market
  • OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
  • Timbers / Thorns professional soccer game
  • Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club
  • Alberta Arts Walk
  • Apple Picking with Tuv Ha’aretz (Jewish Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Musical and theatrical performances at the Jewish Theatre Collaborative
  • Vaux’s Swifts Watch with Moishe House and the Audubon Society
  • Underground Glow-in-the-Dark Pirate Mini-Golf
  • ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists art show
  • tubshevatActivities with Greater Portland Hillel, Moishe House, Momentum Alliance, and more

Celebrating at home:

  • Seder Rosh haShanah Dinner
  • Host families and teachers in Sukkah
  • Rosh Hodesh dinner
  • hamantashen bakingHavdalloween party
  • Thanksgivnu dinner
  • Hanukkah party with host families and neighbors
  • Tu BiSh’vat Seder
  • Hamantashen baking and deliver to neighbors
  • Chocolate seder