Steve Eisenbach-Budner is the founder and Executive Director of Tivnu: Building Justice. Throughout his life, he has worked to create relevant and holistic Jewish communities that address the social, spiritual, and political facets of contemporary Jewish identity. He has worked in the construction field for over twenty years as a carpenter, general contractor and construction trainer. From 2002-2012, Steve worked with the at-risk young adults of Portland YouthBuilders, a job-training and life-skills program. He taught and mentored hundreds of students while they built homes for low-income families, developed leadership skills and, for some, experienced a supportive community for the first time. In 2012, Steve was awarded a Joshua Venture Group Fellowship, enabling him to fully focus on Tivnu.
Steve founded Tivnu: Building Justice to enable Jews from across the communal spectrum to integrate their Jewish identities with their commitments to creating communities in which the basic needs of all people are met. Having been raised in an affordable housing complex in New York City, he knows firsthand the centrality of housing to family and community stability and cohesion. Steve, his life partner Deborah and their three children, Tamir, Lev and RozaBess, make their home in Portland, Oregon.
Tivnu: Building Justice is optimistic that our 2020 - 21 Gap Year program will continue as planned, beginning on September 1. We are still accepting applicants, as space permits. Our staff is working remotely but with great excitement as we prepare for internships, learning, living, and enjoying the Pacific Northwest together. We will be implementing whatever modifications are needed to keep ourselves and the people we work with safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, we need to get to work, building a better world.