Tivnusletter: Becoming Part of the Tivnu Family

MALIA OBAMA IS COMING TO TIVNU? OK, so maybe Malia isn't signed up for Tivnu's gap year program (yet), but she and her parents have discovered the transformative possibilities of a gap year program. So have current Tivnu participants and their parents. Read here why Tivnu mom Beth "Missie" Polasky is jealous of her son Nadav's year with Tivnu. Read below for more first-person glimpses into the impact of the Tivnu gap year experience. TIVNU PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR PARENTS SAY... Dr. Susan Cohen, Mother of Sam I can honestly say our son is having an amazing ...

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Why I’m Jealous of My Son: Guest Post from a Tivnu Parent

by Beth “Missie” Polasky This might sound terrible, but I’m jealous of my son.  Nadav, 19, is part of the current Tivnu cohort (affectionately known as the Tivnoodles) and is having a wonderful year.  But enough about him (!) – this is about me, and my jealousy. Sam and I went out to Portland a few weeks ago to spend a few days with Nadav – to meet his friends, to see where he’s been working, and to explore some of his favorite spots in Portland with him. A little background: Sam and I each did a gap year – he represented Australian Habonim back in ...

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Tivnu Trip to Seattle

by Ben Lefkowitz On Monday March 14, the entire Tivnu group took a trip to Seattle. We started planning weeks in advance, deciding as a group where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. It’s awesome that we get to take trips and see parts of the Pacific Northwest I might not have visited otherwise. From the moment we arrived at the City Hostel Seattle I felt that this would be great trip. The people at the front desk were very patient and happy. The rooms were very cool. After the Hostel opened in 2009, they had local artists decorate each of the rooms, so ...

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Tivnusletter 4: 5 Great Stories From Tivnu 2 — And The Chance To Be Part Of Tivnu 3!

HAPPY PURIM & HAPPY SPRING! The participants in the Tivnu Gap Year have been enjoying the beautiful Portland springtime, a great trip to Seattle, and the Jewish version of March Madness – the months of Adar including Purim. They've been connecting with each other and with their co-workers at places like Sisters of the Road and Johnson Creek Watershed Council, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and honing the tools they can use to build a better world. WHAT'S NEW, TIVNU? What are the Tivnuniks and the press saying about the Tivnu gap year ...

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Short Talks on My Favorite Portland Destinations

by Hadara Goldsmith On Powell's~ The scent of freshly printed pages and crinkled old papers wafts into my nose as I step inside. I stare at walls of spines and rainbow rectangles on racks as I brush wet bangs from my eyes and unzip my soaked jacket. I walk slowly past the cashiers, across the pink room full of children's books, up the stairs, through the aisles of history books and arrive at my favorite section, the little corner on the second floor where they keep the lesbian literature and queer studies books. I drop my backpack on the floor and immediately ...

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A Shabbat at University of Oregon

by Josh Gidanian On February 26, we took a trip to Eugene, Oregon to get to know some college students over Shabbat. Despite a long drive in rainy weather, everyone was in good spirits and happy to go to Eugene to get to know some college students Friday was a wonderful night of prayers and lighting Shabbat candles at Hillel. The best part of services was recognizing all of the tunes- they really took me back to my USY years. After services, we ate a meal with the Hillel students, which included some delicious garlic bread challah. During dinner, we had a chance ...

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What I Think Tivnu is All About

by Nadav Furgang I have had the great privilege of representing Tivnu as a current participant at a bunch of cool events.  Most recently, I got to go to a huge BBYO International Convention (basically, just a couple thousand Jewish high schoolers in one place) out in Baltimore! Besides the family, friends, and random people I meet that feel the need to know exactly where I am in life as a 19 year old (“But you’re not in college? or working? or doing some personal creative project? HELP!”), I’ve explained  what Tivnu is to people countless times. Every time ...

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Tivnusletter: On the Road with Tivnu

Tivnu Gap Year $2,000 savings for applications received by February 15, 2016 Apply online now! Have you seen our new video? Share it with a friend!      Mountains of fun at Mt. Hood Some parts of the country have seen more than enough snow recently, but the Tivnuniks haven’t seen much in Portland. So we took a few days to enjoy the snow at Oregon’s beautiful Mt. Hood, a short drive and seemingly a world away. The retreat included cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and building a spacious and sturdy igloo in the woods (complete with a pine needle "mezuz...

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Engaging in Social Jew-stice

by Rebecca Mather Tivnu Gap Year Madricha  A few weeks ago, I spoke at my mom’s shul about my experiences as an AVODAH corps member and as an employee of Tivnu. I spoke some about my own Jewish journey: about my childhood in the Jewish community of the Greater Chicago Area, about my early interest in social change, including my role as my high school youth group’s Social Action Vice President. I spoke about the four years I spent at Cornell College, a small liberal arts school in eastern Iowa, where I simultaneously grew into my Jewish identity with Hillel and my ...

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Reflections on the First Half of Tivnu

by Shua Klein I am learning many new things at Tivnu. I am learning a lot about wealth and poverty in the  U.S. through all of our educational sessions.  For example, I got to tour Dignity Village, a community for people experiencing homeless. The village is run by a council of residents, and they decide all of the rules. I also get to do hands on social justice work at my internships at Habitat for Humanity and Sisters of the Road, a nonprofit cafe in downtown Portland for people experiencing homelessness. The things I'm learning aren't just limited to my ...

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