BUT ONLY TOGETHER CAN WE USE THESE PRECEDENTS TO
SPREAD THE VISION FURTHER INTO THE NEGEV.
56 years ago, this town had a mere 2,500 population a population many people thought would eventually dwindle away. But today, the town is a thriving metropolitan city of almost 200,000 people. JNF will play a major part in further
strengthening this city.
One major program focuses on Nachal Be'er Sheva; an extensive water, environment and economic development project. A massive riverbed that winds from the north end of Be'er Sheva to the south side went dry. Soon where there once was a dry riverbed, rushing recycled water will bring life to the city and the environment. Learn more...
JNF is involved in the spirit of the Negev through partnerships in the Southern Arava. JNF's helping hand is now extended into three primary kibbutzim: Lotan, Yahel and Ketura. JNF is developing educational and recreational tourist projects, preparing the soil for farming, providing agricultural infrastructure and building reservoirs. Balancing the needs of the people of Israel with the fragile environment of the desert is central to our mission in the Negev.
In Lotan, JNF is currently developing a migratory bird reserve, water recycling
system and environmental education center. These projects will both benefit the
environment and attract tourists, creating a more concrete economy and
encouraging people to come and settle. Learn more...
In Yahel, a park and recreational center are being built, as well as a reservoir and a coffee house for visitors. Learn more...
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies located on Kibbutz Ketura is the
premier environmental academic institution in the Middle East. JNF is actively
erecting dormitories and classrooms and sponsoring student scholarships.
Together with Aleh, an organization that provides medical and rehabilitative care to children with disabilities to help them realize their full potential, we are building Aleh Negev. This state-of-the-art communal Rehabilitative Village situated in Ofakim will provide much-needed services and jobs to the area.
The benefits of riding for those with disabilities have been recognized for over 3,000 years, since the time of Hippocrates. Therapeutic riding has been widely used since the early 1950s as a tool for improving the lives of people with disabilities. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical and/or emotional disability can benefit from therapeutic riding, driving, vaulting, competition or other purposeful, safe and supervised interaction with horses.
Servicing both residents and tourists, the path will encompass some of the region's most favorable attractions, including the Lotan Bird Watching Site and the Arava Institute experimental orchards.