Tivnu Blog

Sep 23 2014

Dignity Village and the Power of Community

Last Sunday, the group loaded up the van and headed to Seaside, Oregon. Seaside is a small coastal town similar to most in New Jersey, where I come from, with its strip of stores selling key chains, buckets, and various nick-knacks....

Sep 16 2014

Thoreau Was Right!

Ah, camping… A word that rattles everyone’s minds when it is brought up. In our fast paced society, many of us aren’t fond of spending our days without technology or a warm bed to sleep in....

Sep 12 2014

The Camping Experience I Never Had

What struck me about going on Tivnu’s camping trip was that I originally thought it would be extremely difficult. I thought we’d have to sleep on the ground, or fish for your own food. Because this is a gap year program focused on construction work and building, I had imagined camping in a much harder way....

Sep 12 2014

Week One

The hectic nature of traveling cross-country mixed with the fear and nervousness associated with moving into a new phase of your life made for both a physically and emotionally exhausting day. My shoulders immediately relaxed at the sight of Steve’s (Tivnu’s founder) warm smile and sleeveless shirt. ...

Sep 1 2014

9 participants. 6 states represented. 1 house to host them all.

It's the first week ever of the Tivnu: Building Justice Gap Year Program. The above statistics are a snapshot of the demographics of the group. We come from different types of schools, different regions of the country, we’ve got different areas of interest, and we have all chosen to try something new. Together....

Aug 5 2013

A Warm Welcome

I was one of the last people to land in Portland so when I first arrived at Shaarie Torah, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I walked in, I felt an instant sense of relief, because everyone was so inviting and friendly. ...

Jul 22 2013

Building Communities

During our first week on AJSS, our group worked with City Repair to help build mini libraries. The libraries were constructed out of recycled wood and windows, and contained shelves in which books will be placed for people of different communities to enjoy and share....

Jul 15 2013

J-Build Portland: A Group United

This week J-Build changed its focus from working with City Repair (during which we built and delivered mobile libraries to various locations in Portland) and teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, the Sigma Project and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)....

Jul 8 2013

Newer Every Day

My first J-Build Shabbat (June 28-29) was a new experience in many ways. My family only celebrates Shabbat with a Friday night dinner, so the relaxing, activity-free Saturday was a first for this busy Philadelphian....

Jun 26 2013

Blog posts and photos coming soon!

The first session of the summer program has started with today's arrival of participants! Blog posts and photos will start appearing soon....