…and it’s a great program too!

Go Livnot!

So maybe you want to go to Israel this summer. But you no longer qualify for birthright israel, or you didn’t get into ROI120, or you just don’t exactly have all the cash available for the airfare.

Livnot U’Lehibanot (Hebrew for To Build and to be Built) offers a number of innovative programs for people in their 20’s and 30’s. Livnot trips are a combination of hiking, touring, learning and community service. Not the typical Israel experience, Livnot will expose you to places you won’t see on a packaged tour and you will learn unexpected things about Israel, Judaism and yourself. The activities are diverse: working on bomb shelters in the North, informal classes, hiking, touring, crawling through history in the Bar Kochba caves, watching the sun rise in the Judaean desert, and more.

Even at this late date there are a few spaces still left. The trips are highly subsidized, starting at just $250, which includes all program costs and round-trip airfare from New York. Please check out the Livnot site for more information.

Extend your trip and make it a point to get in touch with Michael and I in Jerusalem. First beer is on Jewlicious!

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  • And that mention of beer reminds me – isn’t beer great? Not your typical beverage, beer will make you expose yourself in places you won’t see on a packaged tour, and you will learn unexpected things about fortitude, excessive urination, hops, and yourself. The activities are diverse: working on beer guts, informal beer pong sessions, bar-hopping, crawling through history in some bar skank’s cave, watching it all come back up circa 3 AM, and more.

    It’s 7 AM in Israel – why not start your day with a tall frosty BEER?

    DISCLAIMER: Jewlicious is in no way affiliated with the National Council of Brewers or Anheuser-Busch. We just really like beer. Really.

  • That actually sounds better than birthright Israel.

    If I can get a Miller Light in Israel I’ll be on the next plane. Its my fav beer and I can’t find it in Scotland 🙁 (yes, please feel bad for me!)

  • livnot is a jewish vehicle for a deeply personal, unique and extraordinary meeting between you and that eternal part of you that’s got roots, deep roots, man. these programs provide opportunities to let go of the mundane in a safe, loving, creative community and assess what’s got lasting value in life. not everyone will have the same resolution, and that’s a good thing. some people will continue their journeying with a clearer understanding of what their special gifts to offer the world are and some will acquire a more refined appreciation for beer. either way, it’s worth the trip. l’chaim

  • Livnot affords Jews in their 20’s and 30’s an oppurtunity to view Israel from a new perspective. This is not your typical Jewish experience, Livnot teaches about Israel and Judaism by learning, living and giving to the land. I recently spent a life changing 6 months with Livnot. Our days were spent hiking, doing community service, meeting amazing people and finding our own Jewish identity. I recommend Livnot to anyone searching for something Jewishly in their lives and to anyone looking an amazing experience. I can’t wait to go back.

  • I can’t go this year, but I’m going to look into going next summer.

    It seems to be exactly what I’d want!

  • Grammar gremlin moment (sorry, pet peeve, can’t help it):

    “Extend your trip and make it a point to get in touch with Michael and I in Jerusalem.”

    –it should be “Michael and ME”!

    The way to test = take out the other name: you’d say “get in touch with me,” not “with I.”

    Lather, rinse, repeat…

  • If I’m already in Jerusalem and have already met both of you guys, will you still buy me beer?

  • Homefries, I already bought you beer. A significant amount, as I recall. At least three posts’ worth, by my own admittedly subjective imbibing-to-writing ratio.

  • ok, ok, this is true…

    It can’t hurt to try, right?

    themiddle – sadly, she does nothing for me…

  • i am very much willing to visit Israel.
    it’s really i dream..
    hope it can one day come true
    would want to know how you can help me.
    thank you