07 Jul 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 in New Orleans. She has a strong social justice background, a great deal of experience in living in communal households, as well as training in group process and communication skills.
The TivnUSY summer program is under way!
Teens from around the country arrived in Portland last Thursday evening for eighteen days of hands-on volunteer work, Jewish learning, and exploration of the Pacific Northwest.
Shabbat morning started with several TivnUSYers receiving aliyot (honors) during Shacharit(morning services) and lunch with the members of Neveh Shalom, the synagogue where the group is staying. The afternoon was rounded out with a discussion about how a community can be created that supports itself through open communication, honesty, and trust.
In between Shabbat menucha (R&R) they learned some new songs, enjoyed story time, and ended the evening with just enough time to get down to the Portland waterfront for July 4th fireworks! The night was capped off with an ice cream sundae bar and dance party.
The group looks forward to the meaningful work in the week ahead! Every day this week they will be getting dirty with the Learning Gardens Laboratory, as they learn sustainable gardening techniques while being educated on issues of food justice and security.
There is still one more spot available for the 2015-2016 Tivnu Gap Year!
The Tivnu Gap Year is 9 months of hands-on, Jewish social justice engagement in Portland, Oregon. Participants live together, create community, discover the Pacific Northwest, and explore connections between Jewish life and social justice with their heads, hands, and hearts. Options include the Building track or our new Direct Service and Advocacy track.
Financial aid is available.