Tivnusletters


Tivnusletter – Tivnu: It Begins With Home

Tivnu: It Begins With Home The Tivnu Gap Year begins with establishing our home in Portland, Oregon’s terrific Irvington neighborhood. We begin our hands-on education by learning about affordable housing and houselessness in Portland and beyond. It all came together this year – advocating and canvassing for Portland’s Affordable Housing Ballot Measure, visiting the Dignity Village and Hazelnut Grove (pictured above) communities of houseless Portlanders, and building a tiny house which will become part of Hazelnut Grove. How appropriate that all of this learning ...

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Tivnusletter: A Sweet – and Action-Packed – New Year with Tivnu!

Welcome Threevnu Participants! Our third cohort of Tivnu Gap Year participants comes from California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Oregon. They are excited to join the Tivnu: Building Justice Gap Year Program for lots of different reasons: camping and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, working directly with people who can benefit from their skills – as teachers, gardeners, and cooks – and from whom they learn, as well, living together in a Jewish home, building skills and affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity, and much more. The 2016-17 ...

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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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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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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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Tivnusletter: Right at home in Portland

Exploring Portland and Beyond Why is Tivnu located in Portland, Oregon? Portland offers so much creativity – both in the compelling arts and intellectual events we can enjoy, and in the creative solutions to the environmental, housing, transportation, and poverty challenges we learn about in our work. Add to that the easy access to our beautiful surroundings, and you can really see why Portland has become a magnet for young people and a natural home for Tivnu. Photo credit: Amateria 1121 In fact, Portland played a big role in why our participants chose the Tivnu ...

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Tivnusletter: Tivnu 2.0 Launches

Tivnu's in the News! New York Times best-selling author William Deresiewicz wrote a great piece about Tivnu in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Check it out for inside information about founder Steve Eisenbach-Budner, past and present participants, and our gap year program in Portland, Oregon connecting Judaism and social justice. Also check out our first participant blog post of the year, by Nadav Furgang of Newton, Massachusetts. Next up on our blog: Hadara Goldsmith from Chevy Chase, Maryland. “Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing ...

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Tivnusletter: Big Things Happening at Tivnu!

Tivnu is excited to welcome two new staff members! Adinah Miller has been hired as our new Program Director. She has been the Dean of Jewish Life for the last 6 years at the American Hebrew Academy, the Jewish boarding school in North Carolina. She has a wealth of Jewish knowledge and practical experience, and is currently making the drive across the country with her husband and son.     Rebecca Mather is our new House Supervisor, and will be living with the participants in the Gap Year bayit. Rebecca is coming off of a year of service with Avodah ...

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