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Ascent of Safed

The Chabad-affiliated Ascent program, established in Safed in 1983 by American émigrés eager to help wandering and wondering tourists, has become synonymous with the recent mystical rejuvenation in the city of Safed.

Now housed in a former hotel, the Ascent Hostel can host some eightyfive weary travelers. It is a place of spiritual as well as physical revitalization, and visitors are offered a number of classes and courses on mysticism and Judaism. Ascent’s array of programs is highlighted by an inspiring Shabbat program culminating in a concert on Saturday night by a local band. Travelers in search of the sacred don’t mention the old city without some further reference to its spiritual steward, Ascent.