Programming & Activities

For an idea of what is offered on the Tivnu Gap Year, here is a sample of some of our programming and activities. The list below will give you a taste of the Gap Year Program (it does not represent the complete program).


Gap Year camping trip

  • Neighborhood scavenger hunt
  • Walking tour of Downtown Portland
  • Camping trip to Lost Lake Resort & Campground
  • Field trip to Cannon Beach & Seaside
  • Apple picking on Sauvie Island
  • Winter Retreat at Mazama Lodge on Mount Hood
  • Timbers soccer game
  • Season kick-off reception and performance by the Jewish Theatre Collaborative
  • and more!


Tours and Talks:

  • portland policy tourTent City, USA and discussion on homeless encampments
  • Dignity Village, Portland’s city-sanction homeless encampment
  • Tour of the ReBuilding Center, material resource center
  • Visit with Steve Rudman, Executive Director of Home Forward, affordable housing
  • Volunteer Orientation at Portland Homeless Family Solutions day shelter, 13 Salmon
  • Tour of the Oregon Jewish Museum and history of Jewish Portland
  • Underground Glow-in-the-Dark Pirate Mini-Golf
  • Dancing in Jaffa documentary film at the Oregon Jewish Museum
  • The Life and Legacy of Abraham Heschel with Suzanne Heschel
  • and more!



  • hillel hanukkahShabbat Dinners
  • PSU Hillel pre Yom Kippur service and feast
  • Sukkah planning, design, building
  • House Thanksgiving Shabbat Dinner
  • Gap Year House Hanukkah Party
  • Hike in the Columbia River Gorge & Ti B’shvat Discussion at Multnomah Falls
  • Purim at Congregation Neveh Shalom
  • and more!


Other Community Engagement:

  • capaces leadership and woodburn highHabitat for Humanity Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Community Hearing on Fair Wage Policy / 15Now
  • Tour of Columbia Eco-Village Cohousing Community
  • Community Interfaith Build at Habitat for Humanity
  • Winona LaDuke lecture on indigenous approaches to climate change at Portland State University
  • March for Homessless Bill of Rights with Jobs with Justice
  • Group discussion with Brazilian Youth Ambassadors on social justice in our communities
  • Shabbat dinner with Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation
  • Meet with Woodburn HS students / Tour of Farmworker Housing Development Corp.
  • Oregon Housing Opportunity Day in Salem at the State Capitol
  • Good Deeds Day Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity & Moishe House
  • and more!