Tivnu: Building Justice Gap Year Program Accepting Applications

Tivnu: Building Justice launches first Jewish, Service-Learning Gap Year Program in the United States;
seeking adventurous and visionary 18-20- year-olds

The Tivnu: Building Justice Gap Year Program is a 10-month residential experience for high school graduates, ages 18-20, from across North America and beyond.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, participants will work and live together in Portland, Oregon, building affordable homes, creating community, and exploring the connections between Judaism and social justice.


  • Work with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity, learning and applying construction skills under the guidance of experienced construction trainers. No prior building experience is necessary – just a desire to gain skills and contribute, and a willingness to get dirty.
  • Grapple with the complex issues surrounding housing and questions of communal obligation and fairness, from both general and Jewish perspectives.
  • Learn from local non-profits, gaining insights into ongoing efforts to address homelessness, poverty, and income disparity while learning advocacy and community-organizing skills.
  • Live together in Portland, prepare communal meals, celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, and forge life-long friendships. Recreational programs include cross-country skiing on nearby Mt. Hood, visiting the Oregon Coast, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, and generally enjoying Portland’s vibrant, eclectic culture.

For more information, please Tivnu.org, or contact Steve Eisenbach-Budner at steve@tivnu.org or 503-232-1864.