Being a participant in Tivnu 8 has already provided me with many fulfilling experiences, and we’re only half way through the year!...

I came from the desert, so it was like a dream to be surrounded by lofty trees reaching up into the Portland skies and to have a wide river stretching through the city. Experiencing for the first time living a short bus ride away from downtown has opened up so many adventures, and it is a thrill going through the urban terrain searching through the nooks and crannies of a city that has so much to explore....

This Thanksgiving Break, Tivnu gave us the opportunity to explore Seattle and celebrate Thanksgiving together. We relished the chance in Seattle to relax and discover a new city. Afterwards our group split up and those of us who decided to return to Portland for the holiday were added to a group chat entitled “Colonialism Sucks, Turkey is Good, Family is Important.” Our “Thanksgivnu” celebration involved discussions which touched on all of these aspects (although, naturally, the turkey was central)....

A few weeks ago, the Tivnu 8 cohort took a weekend trip to the beautiful Westwind camp on the coast of Oregon. We went to the beach, canoed, sang around the Shabbat dinner table, and slept in two rustic cabins. Here is a photo diary of our trip!...

It quickly felt very rewarding to teach kids skills that will actually help them in life, such as planting and harvesting food and cooking healthy meals from the food they pick. ...

This vlog highlights a day in the life of T8 (Tivnu’s 8th cohort), from morning until Shabbat begins. Watch it to see how social everyone is in the morning, what we do at the construction job site, and how we get ready for Shabbat. Hope you enjoy it!...

I ran downstairs, grabbed a plum top sheet and a container of thumbtacks. Thumb tacking a sheet to a wall was harder than I imagined it would be....

Realizing that T7 is nearing the end of our time together, I wanted to use this blog post as a means to reflect on the whole year behind us. I was trying to think of a story or a lesson to sum up this experience but ...

This blog post was authored by Liv Kaplan, a member of the Tivnu 7 cohort from Minnetonka, Minnesota. In her free time, she loves creating and sharing art in its myriad ways with friends, nature, the city and beyond. ...

During the past many months, I have asked numerous questions. Some dumb and some incredibly serious. I have always been deeply curious, rolling questions off my tongue from my first breath....

Being at Tivnu has made me appreciate the smaller moments in life. Over the course of this year I’ve grown to appreciate the little pieces of time that I’ll remember forever....

Since coming to Tivnu, I've shattered my 18-year-long streak of only handling a hammer to deal with bedroom wall decor. I agree, this is equally as impressive as it is upsetting. This particular new-found instrument, “The Hammer,” led me to an epiphany....

One of my favorite parts of construction is imagining something in my head and watching it become reality. When I was asked to build a new burnable wood waste shed for our jobsite, I was excited to flex my newly acquired building muscles. So excited, in fact, that I wanted to document the process. Below are pictures of the steps we took during our construction experience....

Last week, during our lunch break, my friend Emma and I laid on the ground and spent a full twenty minutes eating one single chocolate chip granola bar. We dissected it into tiny pieces, and slowly fed each other globs of oats, making sure to comment on the chocolate chip content of each one. We found this activity hilarious. I only stopped laughing to chew, swallow, and sometimes to breathe. After finishing the bar, and realizing the ridiculous amount of time we had spent in consuming it, we returned to our seats and continued our work for our social justice...

I consider myself to be something of a hug connoisseur. I have always loved giving and receiving hugs, and I think I am a pretty good judge of them. Out of the hundreds, maybe even thousands, of hugs I have given throughout my life, the hugs from my fellow Tivnuniks are some of the best I have ever received....

Some days at the morning construction briefing, Erik or Andy (the Cascadia Clusters executive director) will bring up the fact that we at Tivnu are the front line when building for houseless communities in Portland....

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