KIVUNIM teaches students to interpret the past and understand the present in order to build and insure the future. The KIVUNIM gap-year program, upon which KIVUNIM Americas draws its inspiration, believes that Jewish Education must take place within a context of lofty goals and aspirations filled with optimism, tempered by reality and encouraged by the understanding that words have power and that betterment of the world is the central goal of the Jewish people and its religious and national tradition.
KIVUNIM Americas extends the gap-year’s geographic reach by moving it closer to home. Its students are part of a concerted effort to look inwards — at ourselves, at our histories, and at this half of the planet — and to share in that journey with the people they encounter. Teaching “world-consciousness” becomes tangible when it’s done out in the field, across North and South America. Building a future with less fear and more understanding becomes sustainable when we as Jews and citizens of the world can meet each other where we are — and have fun while doing so.