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The Festival of Light! Chanukah Experience at Ascent

December 12, 2017 - December 21, 2017

Chanukah Experience at Ascent!
Join us for a day, for the weekend or the entire Chanukah. It’s going to be awesome!

Program Highlights:

* Musical Menorah Lighting
* Creative Art Workshops
* Learn the mystical dimensions of Chanukah
* Spread the light of Chanukah to the needy and Volunteer!
* Meet people from around the world
* Magical Mystical Candlelit Tour of the Old City
* Nature Hike
* Spirited Shabbat Meals
* Explore Tzfat & the Galilee
* Classes & Workshops on Kabbalah
* Live Music & Jam Sessions
* Awesome open atmosphere: There’s no place like Ascent
* Includes sleeping accommodations.

Sign up now! – CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.


About our hospitality:

  • Accommodation is in Ascent’s own accommodations, cozy and air-conditioned rooms in a homey atmosphere.
  • Ascent provides home-cooked meals as well as light snacks in between.
  • During Shabbat you can enjoy all of Ascent’s hospitality areas:

– Balconies with breathtaking views
– A lobby with ancient stone arches
– A pleasant and well-kept tea garden
– Coffee / tea corner with light refreshments 24/7

The Ascent Center is located on the edge of Safed’s Old City, adjacent to a Galilean forest and overlooking amazing views of Mt. Meron. It’s the perfect location to take time out of life, meet new friends and experience the peace of nature.


Tentative Chanukah Schedule

THURSDAY, December 14

3-6pm Check-in at Ascent.

5:00pm Musical Menorah Lighting. At the Ascent roof.

5:30pm Menorah Tour of the Old City with Eyal Karoutchi. Meet at the Ascent roof.

7:30pm Light Your Own Menorah + Israeli Donuts. In the lounge.

7:30pm Dinner. In the hotel dining room.

  8:30pm Workshop: The True Meaning of Chanukah? with Ron Shtorch in the Kaballah cave.

10:00pm Concert: Live Soul Music with Aviv Amsalem. In the Cave.


FRIDAY, December 15  

9:00am Breakfast. In the dining area.

10:00am Chassidic Thought (Jewish Mysticism) with Rabbi Shalom Pasternak in the Library

11:00am Tzfat Experience Tour: Art galleries, Arizal’s resting place, holy mikvah.

               Meet in the lobby of Ascent.

12:30pm Challah Baking Workshop with the Madrichot. In the dining area.

1:00pm Light Lunch in the dining area.

2:45pm Featured Lecture: The Kabbalah of Shabbat with Rabbi Shaul Leiter. In the lecture hall.

3:30pm Afternoon service In the lecture hall

3:30pm Menorah Lighting + Wine & Cheese. In the lounge.

4:10pm Women: Shabbat Candle Lighting & Shmooze with the Madrichot. In the lounge.

4:20pm Orientation & Meal Placement info. Ascent roof.

4:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat – evening services with joy. Ascent roof.

5:30pm Walk to Host Families – Meet at the front entrance of Ascent.

10:00pm Farbrengen: Group-Dynamix with R’ Yaacov Leiter In the lecture hall.


SATURDAY, December 16

8:30am Light Breakfast. In the dining area at Ascent.      

Join services at synagogues in the Old City. Map and schedules available at reception.

11:45am Kiddush & Light Refreshments. In the dining area.

12:00pm Lecture: Seeking Inner Light with Rabbi Izzy. Ascent roof.

1:00pm Shabbat Meal with the Greenberg family. In the cave.

  3:00pm Afternoon service in the lecture hall.

3:15pm One-on-one & Group Learning with Ascent staff.

4:00pm Light Refreshments

  4:00pm Gathering the Light with C.B Leiter

Weather permitting: Tour to the Metzuda and mystical cave

Weather not permitting: Discussion at Ascent in the lecture hall.

5:40pm Musical Havdalah + Communal Menorah Lighting. Come dance and celebrate! Ascent roof.

6:30pm Light Your Own Menorah + Israeli Donuts. In the dining area.

8:00pm Melaveh Malka post-Shabbat Dinner and Chanukah Stories with Rabbi Yerachmiel Tillis.

    In the dining area

9:30pm Art&Soul Menorah Meditation + Art Workshop with Elliott and Rabbi Izzy. In the lounge


Sunday 17-12 Monday 18-12 Tuesday 19-12



Chassidic Masters

R. Asi Harel(library)


Love and Unity

Noam Wolfin (library)


Kabbalah & Personal Growth

Yaron Meirovsky (library)


Jewish Meditation


‘Bracha Party’

Dining area


Jewish Meditation


Tanya: GPS for the Soul

Rabbi Big Mo(library)


 Light Up the Lives of the Elderly

meet at reception


Give out donuts at the hospital


Candles workshop



Musical Menorah Lighting.


Donut making- with the Leiter Family

(meet at the front desk)


Walk to the citadel singing cave!



Candlelight tour of the old city with Amichai


Practical Tools for a Spiritual life

Rabbi Leiter(library)



A Day of Redemption

Avi Roitman (library)



Inner Dimensions of Judasim

Binyamin Alexander (library)



Art workshop

Coloring & candles (cave)


Tree of Life Workshop with Yaacov Leiter.


Latkes making!




December 12, 2017
December 21, 2017