ASCENT OF SAFED was founded in 1983
in the picturesque old city of Tsfat.
Since 1990, it has
been located in a former hotel building with 85 beds, industrial size kitchen, dining room
with hot drinks and a refrigerator for guest use, lecture hall, three
levels of porches with breathtaking views - west towards Mt. Meron and awe-inspiring Tsfat sunsets
and south as far as Mount Tabor, a synagogue, a garden, a meditation
cave, and a Jewish library and multi-media
center on premises.
[Just in the last year or two there have been significant renovations
and additions to the above. Read about them and see photos
ASCENT runs comprehensive programs for English and Hebrew speakers. A year-round
visitors' center, Jewish youth hostel, and religious retreat located in the
most picturesque part of the old section of Safed, ASCENT OF SAFED reveals as
much of the essence of the Tsfat
experience to the visitor as possible. The program includes everything from
through a scenic, fruit-tree lined wadi (a dry riverbed) in the Galilee,
to genuine Kabbalistic studies and meditation, barbecues, a lively concert and
the Safed mystical Shabbat
experience, including baking your own challah and enjoying a Shabbat dinner
in the home of a local family. And all this for a very low price!
Click here to learn more details
about our accommodations.
Go to MyAscent.org to
reserve a place.
At any given time, you might find a group of a dozen students from Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, or a bunch of volunteers from a kibbutz, mixed
in with a summer family tour group from a temple in Oregon, plus a newlywed
couple from Brazil and a lone searcher from Prague. The warm and friendly
staff members are as competent on the trail
as they are in the late-hour discussion sessions in the lounge, tea garden
At least twice a month, visitors to ASCENT participate in special calendar
or topical related seminars. They may be taught to make their own Chanukah menorahs
and fill them with olive oil from local groves of olive trees, to bake challah
for Shabbat and eat handmade shemurah matzot on Pesach, or set out at 4:30am
on Shavuot morning to hear the Ten Commandments read from the oldest Torah scroll
in the world that is still in regular use. Unique to Ascent is its "Your
Personal Torah Code" combination of software, made available to visitors
and by email
order for a contribution.
Originally started for English-speaking visitors from abroad, Ascent now presents
full programs to the resident Hebrew-speaking population from all over the country.
Besides English, Hebrew and Russian, seminars have also occasionally been conducted
(so far) in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Parsi and Mandarin
Chinese! The latest addition is seminars and Shabbatons tailored specially to
the needs of Israeli soldiers, at the request of the IDF itself!
Last year, more than 20,000 visitors passed through ASCENT. The likelihood
of hearing ASCENT's name mentioned in connection with Tsfat and Israel is not
just a coincidence anymore, it's the norm. This year, we
are looking forward to welcoming you too!