Program Overview

The Tivnu Gap Year is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement. Participants create a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and exploring the bond between Jewish life and social justice while working with Portland’s cutting-edge grassroots organizations.

The Basics

How much can you accomplish in nine months on the Tivnu Gap Year? Watch Aliza’s one-second-a-day video, check out a schedule for a typical week, and explore a full timeline of highlights and adventures.

Before you arrive in Portland, you’ll work with Adinah, the Tivnu Program Director, to create an internship program that matches your passions. You’ll put that time to work in ways you’ll never forget, expanding your personal horizons and contributing to the world around you.

The best part of the program is not what you do, but who you do it with. Between programming and community events, you’ll share a house in Portland – the Bayit – with your fellow Tivnuniks. Get ready to do some dishes (or argue over them)!

There’s a reason we love Portland, Oregon. Actually, there are lots of reasons! Start your Pacific Northwest bucket list with some future favorites, from the best indy bookstore downtown to the hidden waterfall right off the mountain trail.
Get ready for some adventures!

It’s education with your hands busy and your brain turned on. We want you to make a positive impact for the long-term, not just our nine months together. That means knowing the roots of society’s challenges and the ideals that make a difference.

All the logistical details for getting your application in: What you need, when you need it, and how to get help with costs. Connect with Tivnu staff and alumni to answer any questions. Your Tivnu adventure begins here!

2021-2022 Important Dates:

Arrive in Portland: August 31, 2021Winter Break: December 14, 2021 – January 11, 2022Passover Break: April 14 – 24, 2022Depart for Home: May 19, 2022

2022-23 Important Dates:

Arrive in Portland: August 29, 2022Winter Break: December 14, 2022 – January 10, 2023Passover Break: April 4 – 16, 2023Depart for Home: May 17, 2023

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