Summer Programs


Early Summer Social Impact Lab for Jewish teens 
When school is out, before camp or work … travel for 7 days with purpose

Portland Oregon sign and city scene

Social Impact Travel Lab: Portland, Oregon

Why does Portland attract so many social innovators, entrepreneurs, and organizers? What role is the Jewish community playing in building a better, more inclusive, sustainable Portland?

Just when school lets out and you’ve got the itch to travel, join Tivnu on our first col-LAB-oration with NYC’s The Greenhouse – a social-impact design lab for Jewish teens and their peers, teaching critical thinking, creative problem solving, storytelling, and social entrepreneurship. We’ll explore Portland and meet with local government, business, and non-profit leaders to explore the city through the lens of social innovation.

Trip Highlights



Who: Rising 10th – Rising 12th graders

WhenJune 21, 2018  – June, 28, 2018

Cost: $1,850 includes all local transportation, meals, lodging, social impact visits and social events! Some scholarship money is available. (Airfare not included.)

Airfare: Participants are being asked to secure their own travel. Teens can either travel to/from with Greenhouse staff (flight details to be posted asap), or they can fly solo arriving at PDX airport between 11am – 3pm on June 21and departing from PDX between 8am-12pm on June 28.

Questions: Contact Rebecca Schumer

*Space is limited*

Application deadline: May 10, 2018

Peruse Stories from Past Tivnu Summer Programs

I was one of the last people to land in Portland so when I first arrived at Shaarie Torah, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I walked in, I felt an instant sense of relief, because everyone was so inviting and friendly. ...

During our first week on AJSS, our group worked with City Repair to help build mini libraries. The libraries were constructed  out of recycled wood and windows, and contained shelves in which books will be placed for people of different communities to enjoy and share....

This week J-Build changed its focus from working with City Repair (during which we built and delivered mobile libraries to various locations in Portland) and teamed up with  Habitat for Humanity, the Sigma Project and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)....

My first J-Build Shabbat (June 28-29) was a new experience in many ways. My family only celebrates Shabbat with a Friday night dinner, so the relaxing, activity-free Saturday was a first for this busy Philadelphian....