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ASCENT is a year-round visitors' center, Jewish youth hostel and spiritual retreat, located in the most picturesque part of SAFED's historic "old city," situated on a 15,000 sq foot property with 85 beds, three levels of porches with breathtaking views, a plush lounge, synagogue, garden, and meditation cave, and an extensive Jewish library and multi-media center. Click here for more

Daily and seasonal programs include hikes through a scenic, fruit-tree lined Galilee riverbed, 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!

At any given time, you might find a group of a dozen students from Haifa University, a bunch of volunteers from a kibbutz, a 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 and porches.

Last year, more than 20,000 visitors passed through ASCENT. This year, we are looking forward to welcoming you!