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.
1,000 hours a year, every year.
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.
Some of the internship options you will choose from include:
The challenges Americans face have deep roots in the make-up of our country. For solutions, we will have to dig even deeper.
- What can we learn about participatory democracy from folks in a homeless encampment?
- How does an LGBTQ lens help us understand youth homelessness?
- How do Jewish roots in the labor movement affect fair labor practices today?
- How do we expand environmentalism by considering environmental justice?
- What does Maimonides teach us about affordable housing?
Tivnu Program Director Adinah Miller designs a year-long sequence of learning opportunities with leading educators, activists, rabbis, and college professors. The goal? To understand social justice work – the kind of work Tivnu participants do all week long – from Jewish and global perspectives. We want to look straight at the challenges facing our world, and steer straight toward solutions.
In Tivnu’s experiential, participatory program, you will:
Tour homeless encampments, maker spaces, and re-building sites
Meet with high school-aged children of farmworker union activists
Delve into economics from the perspectives of both privilege and poverty
Investigate Jewish immigrant history, and the impact of urban renewal on Portland neighborhoods
Dive deep into Jewish texts on nature and society, activism and justice
Study with Professor of urban studies Naomi Adiv. Bestselling author William Deresiewicz. Director of Portland Jobs with Justice Will Layng. Engaging rabbis Rachel Joseph and Josh Rose. Theater pioneers Dr. Elliot Leffler and Sacha Reich. President of the Oregon Farmworkers’ Union Ramon Ramirez. And a dozen more amazing educators who make the Tivnu: Building Justice program an incredible opportunity for hands-on tikkun olam – repairing our broken world.
Please note: Tivnu is working with an academic partner to grant college credits through our program. Check back here, or check in with us directly for more details and the latest developments.
Tivnu is committed to making its Gap Year accessible to young adults of all economic backgrounds. Over 60% of past participants have received some financial assistance. Please see information about financial aid below. Priority consideration for tuition assistance and for internship placement will be given to early applicants. Late applications will be accepted as space permits.
$27,720 for early bird applications received by January 1, 2019
$29,720 for application received by March 1, 2019
$31,720 for applications received by May 1, 2019
- Housing and utilities
- Supplies for internships
- Educational sessions, field learning, activities, excursions and trips
- Transportation to and from the worksite and all Tivnu programs
- Staffing includes consistent one-on-one coaching and mentoring
Tuition does not cover transportation to and from Portland for the Gap Year program itself or incidental living expenses such as entertainment, personal items, personal travel, etc. The tuition represents a large percentage of the total cost of supporting each participant; the remainder is offset by the generous support of donors.
Financial Aid: Tivnu is committed to making its Gap Year accessible to young adults of all economic backgrounds. Please contact Steve Eisenbach-Budner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-232-1864 with any questions about the affordability of the program for your family. Need-based financial aid is available. Please note that financial aid applications are due at the same time as program applications and priority consideration for tuition assistance will be given to early applicants. The financial aid application is located at https://sssbynais.org/parents; please use the school code 201518. For assistance with the financial aid application steps, call 1-800-344-8328. Those applying for tuition assistance must also send copies of their W2 and 1040 forms to Steve@tivnu.org.
We are deeply appreciative of the Zidell Family Foundation, which sponsors two $10,000 scholarships. Two applicants who have completed our tuition assistance application will be chosen by Tivnu; no extra application is necessary. If needed, additional assistance may be granted as well.
Refer a friend discount. If you tell a friend about Tivnu and both of you are accepted by the program, each of you will get a $500 discount off the program price.
Application and Enrollment Timeline for 2019-20
($72 non-refundable application fee)
|Jan 1, 2019
||Mar 1, 2019
||May 1, 2019*
||Jan 29, 2019
||Mar 29, 2019
||May 22, 2019
($1,500 non-refundable deposit)
|Feb 15, 2019
||Apr 15, 2019
||June 1, 2019
|Half Tuition Due
||May 15, 2019
||May 15, 2019
||Jun 28, 2019
||June 28, 2019
||Jun 28, 2019
||Aug 27, 2019
||Aug 27, 2019
||Aug 27, 2019
*Priority consideration for tuition assistance and for internship placement will be given to early applicants. Late applications will be accepted as space permits.
Full payment for the program must be made by personal check or wire transfer.
Cancellation Policy: For cancellation less than 1 month before the program start date, Tivnu will retain 25% of the Gap Year program tuition. For cancellations after the program begins, Tivnu will retain 100% of tuition.