An Extraordinary Year

Tivnu’s unique approach to hands-on social justice engagement includes creating a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and deepening the bond between Judaism and justice with Portland’s cutting edge grassroots organizations. It’s how you meet the nine-month challenge of the Tivnu Gap Year: with 36 weeks of amazing accomplishments.

A Week in the Life

You’ll make each week your own, and find the things that motivate and inspire you. Or, as Ben (T2, 2015-16) said, “Tivnu has opened my eyes to new things I would never have thought possible!”

A Snapshot of your Year with Tivnu

On the Tivnu Gap Year, stepping away from the school-exam-college conveyor belt means stepping up for justice, stepping out for adventure, and stepping into a whole world of possibilities.

2021-2022 Important Dates:

Arrive in Portland: August 31, 2021Winter Break: December 14, 202 – 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

A year in 4 minutes

Check out a full year’s worth of experiences, with one second from each amazing day! Compliments of Tivnu alumna, Aliza (T5, 2018-19).

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Tivnu in the NY Times

Taking a gap year at home can be as meaningful as doing one abroad.
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