Leci Walks Through a Week with Tivnu

Here is a little bit about myself: First, I am Leci, I'm from Texas, and I say y’all at least 200 times a day, even if I'm only talking to one person. I came here to make a difference in a community setting, both directly with individuals and in a bigger picture. I have a decent amount of experience in community service because I find it important to be a part of a community and to contribute to it as much as possible, whether that be through working a job or volunteering at places around a city. At this moment I have lived in Portland for 2 months, and I still ...

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A Tivnu Sukkot: In a Hut and Off the Grid!

When my RA informed me that it was my turn to write a blog post, my initial reaction was one of violent stress. Tivnu is so chock-full of gloriously time consuming activities that sitting down and writing 5 paragraphs of text seemed like a monumental task. Seeing as I'm also required to submit a blog, however, skirting around my responsibilities was unfortunately not an option. Thankfully, Tivnu lends itself to storytelling-worthy adventures, so finding an experience to describe wasn't difficult. My name is Calvin Lyster. While making art is one of my main hobbies, ...

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A Rosh Hashanah Adventure

My name is Lauren Gerson.  I am a dog loving vegetarian Jew from Southern California. Last week we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.   Back home in LA, the High Holidays are always a big deal in my family.  That is why it was hard for me to be away from my family for the first time during the holidays.  I am used to my Rosh Hashanah family traditions being the same every year.  We have Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner at my Bubbe and Zayde’s house; I go to synagogue for hours both days of Rosh Hashanah.   Then, in the afternoons, we go back to my ...

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Tivnusletter: All kinds of new with Tivnu

SO MUCH IS NEW FOR 2017-18! In this issue: Our new (fourth) cohort: TIVnu! New features of Tivnu orientation New blog post New internship opportunities Welcoming the Tiv-New Year! TIVNU 4 COMES TOGETHER Our new cohort of Tivnuniks brings together so many different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We're thrilled to welcome our new participants from (clockwise from top left): Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, and California. The Tivnu Gap Year program is a great success, but that doesn't mean we rest on our laurels. Each ...

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The First Few Weeks of Cohort 4

My name is Ariana Finkelstein, and I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I love music, social justice, and the great beauties of the wilderness. My favorite color is purple! As we are coming up on our third full week of Tivnu, I thought I’d reflect a bit about what we’ve been up to.  Last week, we returned from an incredible camping trip in Mt. Rainier National Park, which began with a quick dip into Mossyrock Park’s Riffe Lake in Lewis County, Washington.  The drive to Cougar Rock Campground was so beautiful as we winded through the hills and valleys. ...

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A Year With Tivnu

In the final week of the 3rd Tivnu gap year program, the participants planned a siyyum, which is a traditional Jewish way of celebrating the completion of a book of Torah or other Jewish learning. The Tivnuniks were proud to gather at the end of their nine months together to celebrate all that they learned in this chapter of their lives. A few Tivnuniks felt inclined to share some words about what they learned and created this year. Below you will find a video made by Yoni Vaknin's.

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Building Homes & Friendships

In the final week of the 3rd Tivnu gap year program, the participants planned a siyyum, which is a traditional Jewish way of celebrating the completion of a book of Torah or other Jewish learning. The Tivnuniks were proud to gather at the end of their nine months together to celebrate all that they learned in this chapter of their lives. A few Tivnuniks felt inclined to share some words about what they learned and created this year. Below you will find Noah Jones' speech. 9 months is a loooong time. I came here a little scared and not knowing what to expect. I ...

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Finding Purpose & Direction Outdoors

In the final week of the 3rd Tivnu gap year program, the participants planned a siyyum, which is a traditional Jewish way of celebrating the completion of a book of Torah or other Jewish learning. The Tivnuniks were proud to gather at the end of their nine months together to celebrate all that they learned in this chapter of their lives. A few Tivnuniks felt inclined to share some words about what they learned and created this year. Below you will find Sasha Pitkofsky's speech. The last few days I’ve been preparing a little spiel to share with you all today. ...

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My Year With Tivnu

In the final week of the 3rd Tivnu gap year program, the participants planned a siyyum, which is a traditional Jewish way of celebrating the completion of a book of Torah or other Jewish learning. The Tivnuniks were proud to gather at the end of their nine months together to celebrate all that they learned in this chapter of their lives. A few Tivnuniks felt inclined to share some words about what they learned and created this year. Below you will find Ayla Landi Fontana's speech. In my mind, there are two main components of my Tivnu experience—the first one is ...

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Rip City

By Noah Jones   It's been four months now, and I can't believe how my perspective on life has changed for the better. Before moving to Portland for Tivnu, I lived in a suburb in Oak Park, IL. I am 19 years old, I have two younger brothers and both of my parents. My mom is Jewish, and my although my dad is not, my brothers and I were raised with a strong Jewish education. After graduating from high school I attended community college in Michigan and quickly realized that I was not prepared to further my education at that point in time. Since I knew I wouldn't be ...

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