ASCENT OF SAFED was founded in 1983 in the picturesque old city of Tsfat. ASCENT runs comprehensive programs for English, Hebrew and Russian 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 hikes 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.