Updated: Dec 8, 2021
Two family groups of high school grads from 8 different countries have just begun their journey of discovery, personal development, independence, and adventure in Israel!
Stay tuned to this blog as we follow them around Israel as they forge their paths with Kivun!
Kivun is a Co-ed, experiential, 9-month Israel immersion program for the Northern Hemisphere, focusing on personal development, independent living and Jewish growth. Participants live in apartments in Jerusalem, where together with friends they learn about themselves, Judaism and Zionism through an incredible array of experiences such as Kibbutz, Volunteering, Seminars, Professional Internship, Magen David Adom, and IDF experience.
After a week in Isolation after arrival, some great group bonding, and clear COVID checks..... Kivun kicked off the program with an awesome, yet intensive week of travel, and fun with Taglit-Birthright Israel. They have now moved into their new homes in Jerusalem! The end of Taglit featured a day in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem including Yad Vashem, and after a night in Bedouin-style tents, they ascended Masada and spent time in and around the Dead Sea. The group finally arrived at their apartments in Jerusalem. They had a few hours to explore the neighborhood independently and began to unpack and get used to their homes. We had Maariv and Selichot on our rooftop balcony, with a view of the neighborhood and Talpiyot. After nearly one month of constant quarantines for various groups who arrived at different times, we are excited to finally move into our home base, to bring the apartments to life, and get into the routine of the program. We began the opening seminar and orientation, with overviews of the year, and preparations for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The group will have a free Shabbat this weekend, they’ll be able to rest, be with friends and family, and have some free time before the Chaguim. It’s been great getting to know everyone more and finally having time to chat and share experiences. And this is just the beginning! Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova Umetuka!