The South: The Judean Desert & The Negev

בנגב מספר אזורים, המתחלקים לחבלי ארץ שונים:

 

ים המלח והמדבר                                                צפון הנגב

צפון ים המלח                                                    אשדוד ומישור החוף הדרומי

דרום ים המלח ומדבר יהודה                                אשקלון וסביבותיה

באר שבע וחבל ניצנה

 

מרכז הנגב והמכתשים                                    דרום הרי הנגב והרי אילת

מצפה רמון והר הנגב המערבי                           דרום הנגב והערבה הדרומית

המכתש הגדול, המכתש הקטן                            אילת והרי אילת

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הערב הצפונית

KKL-JNF Doing

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Agriculture in the Negev Desert

Agriculture in the Negev Desert

A visit to the Ramat Negev Research and Development Station in the Negev, which has become a worldwide expert in greenhouse farming in the desert sands.

Planting Trees: Pushing Back the Desert

Planting Trees: Pushing Back the Desert

How do you push back centuries of desertification? Through planting trees in the desert, of course! Learn how KKL-JNF helps trees survive in the desert. Find out more about ‘Green

Recycling Water in the Negev Desert

Recycling Water in the Negev Desert

JNF Australia Major Campaign 2013 – A water reclamation facility for three kibbutzim in the Shaar HaNegev Region: Nahal Oz, Kfar Aza and Mefalsim.

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E-learning

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KKL-JNF: Making the Desert Bloom

KKL-JNF: Making the Desert Bloom

Produced by KKL-JNF, this video (04:40) shows how JNF’s Australia’s contributions to innovative water solutions in the Negev Desert have supported the growth of agriculture, economy and community in Southern

JNF Projects: Environment, Nature, Education

JNF Projects: Environment, Nature, Education

Produced by KKL-JNF Worldwide, this video (03:19) introduces three JNF Australia projects in Israel: a playground and landscaping proejcts in the agricultural community of Merhav Am in the Negev, a

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

This clip (4:16) gives an overview of just a handful of the many ways that KKL-JNF supports Gaza border communities that are most vulnerable to Hamas rocket fire. In times

SWITCH: Employment Opportunities for Bedouins in the Negev

SWITCH: Employment Opportunities for Bedouins in the Negev

In the Idan Hanegev Industrial Park near Rahat, the most populated Bedouin community in Israel, KKL-JNF and its partners have built a vocational training centre to empower the Negev’s Bedouin

The Ashalim Solar Energy Plant in the Negev

The Ashalim Solar Energy Plant in the Negev

This video clip [01:28] from the YouTube Channel NoCamels, which reports on cutting edge Israeli innovations, shows Israel’s “Solar Valley” a massive clean energy “farm” in the Negev Desert. In 2018,

Brothers in War- The Anzacs Who Fought for The Jewish People

Brothers in War- The Anzacs Who Fought for The Jewish People

This video [04:01], from the YouTube channel anzacconnection, is the first in a series of documentary films covering the untold story of the Australian and New Zealander army corps (Anzac) in

פסטיבל הסרטים הבנילאומי בצוקים- חלוציות מודרנית בערבה שחולמת בגדול! The International Film Festival in Tzukim –Modern Pioneers Dream Big

פסטיבל הסרטים הבנילאומי בצוקים- חלוציות מודרנית בערבה שחולמת בגדול! The International Film Festival in Tzukim –Modern Pioneers Dream Big

Tzukim was established in the Arava in 1996, as a pioneering yishuv. It wasn’t just any agricultural community, as its members had a deep yearning to connect to the land

The “Derech HaShalom” Hiking Trail in the Arava

The “Derech HaShalom” Hiking Trail in the Arava

This slideshow [00:48] from the Arava Tichona Regional Council provides a peek of the beautiful hiking trail, “Derech HaShalom,” opened in the 1990’s with the help of  KKL-JNF Australia, Canada, and

The Arava – From Agricultural Innovation to Educational Innovation

The Arava – From Agricultural Innovation to Educational Innovation

This video, [03:16] from the KKL-JNF YouTube channel, relates the story behind the Environmental Science Education Center, which was established with the support of KKL-JNF Australia. This learning center offers

Renewing the Days of Old in the Arava

Renewing the Days of Old in the Arava

This video [02:30], published by the YouTube channel “Israel,” illustrates how an entire history can be found inside of one small seed. The archaeologist,Yigal Yadin, known for leading the excavation

The Pioneering Movement in the Arava is Alive and Kicking

The Pioneering Movement in the Arava is Alive and Kicking

This video, [03:18] from the KKL-JNF’s YouTube channel, offers a glimpse into the “Vidor Center: A Window for Arava Agriculture,” which celebrates the Arava as a global leader in agricultural

תיירות אקולוגית בישראל- יש דבר כזה? Ecological Tourism in Israel– Is There Such a Thing?

תיירות אקולוגית בישראל- יש דבר כזה? Ecological Tourism in Israel– Is There Such a Thing?

הסרטון המצורף, מספק לנו הצצה למרכז לתיירות אקולוגית בלוטן. תיירות אקו- מה? תיירות אקולוגית! כיום כבר ידוע לכולם כי להיות תייר משמעותו לקחת חלק בתרבות הצריכה ההרסנית כל כך לסביבה.

Is the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project still happening?

Is the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project still happening?

This Jordan Times article by Hussam Hussein investigates the relevance of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project. The canal draws water from the Dead Sea into the Red Sea, aiding agriculture in

Agriculture Without Boundaries in the Arava

Agriculture Without Boundaries in the Arava

This video [02:36] shows the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT), which brings together more than 1,200 students from 18 different countries around the world, every year. The participants learn

The Demise of the Dead Sea and its Effects on the Surrounding Residents

The Demise of the Dead Sea and its Effects on the Surrounding Residents

This article, authored by Elisa Oddone  and published on the PBS science news site, Nova, discusses the  environmental problems connected to the quickly shrinking Dead Sea, and how its demise will

Ein Tzukim: The Secret of the Dead Sea

Ein Tzukim: The Secret of the Dead Sea

This clip (7:50) from popular YouTube channel Sergio & Rhoda in Israel introduces a side of the Dead Sea that is unfamiliar to most. While most of us associate the Dead Sea

Can the Disappearing Dead Sea Come Back to Life?

Can the Disappearing Dead Sea Come Back to Life?

This clip (6:18) from i24NEWS introduces the virtues of the Dead Sea — its uniqueness as the lowest point on Earth, its coveted mineral-enriched mud, and its staggeringly beautiful rock and salt

עם הסוחרים העתיק- הנבטיםThe Nabateans: The Ancient Merchants

עם הסוחרים העתיק- הנבטיםThe Nabateans: The Ancient Merchants

Erick Stakelbeck of The Watchman brings us this informative clip (4:48) explaining that in the times of Jesus, there existed an ethnic group called the Nabateans. They had a unique economic

David Ben-Gurion’s ‘One Million Plan’

David Ben-Gurion’s ‘One Million Plan’

This clip of David Ben-Gurion (6:23) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explores the risk and opportunities of Ben-Gurion’s famed One Million Plan. Even before the establishment of the State of

The Blaustein-Ben-Gurion Agreement

The Blaustein-Ben-Gurion Agreement

This is what’s known as the Blaustein-Ben-Gurion Agreement — a most significant document in the development of Israel-Diaspora relations. Between the years of 1948 and 1952, when the image of

David Ben-Gurion — The ‘Old Pioneer’

David Ben-Gurion — The ‘Old Pioneer’

This clip (1:16), taken from the British Pathé, shows one of our nation’s fathers shoulder to shoulder with young boys in the Kibbutz of Sde Boker — working with them, dining

Ben-Gurion’s Life in the Negev

Ben-Gurion’s Life in the Negev

Taken from the YouTube channel ‘Look’, this video (7:07) introduces a humble side of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. There is much talk of Ben-Gurion’s modesty and his choice

Pushing Back the Desert in Be’er Sheva

Pushing Back the Desert in Be’er Sheva

In this clip (5:54), learn how KKL-JNF is literally turning back time and pushing back the deserts of the Be’er Sheva region. Pairing ancient water harvesting and soil conservation techniques

Sderot Indoor Recreation Center

Sderot Indoor Recreation Center

Produced by JNF, this video (02:22) introduces the Secure Indoor Recreation Center, a uniquely designed protected indoor playground built in Sderot through generous donations from the Jewish National Fund in

A Brief History of Kibbutz Nir Am

A Brief History of Kibbutz Nir Am

This short article from the Jewish Virtual Library provides historical background on Kibbutz Nir Am, an agricultural community located close to the Gaza border. The article tells of the founding

Moshe Smilansky: A Zionist Pioneer & Author

Moshe Smilansky: A Zionist Pioneer & Author

From the website of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, this short article provides basic biographical information about Moshe Smilansky (1874-1953), a pioneer of the First Aliyah and

Kibbutz Nir Am: Life Under Threat

Kibbutz Nir Am: Life Under Threat

In this i24NEWS segment (02:23), Dana Bar-On from Kibbutz Nir Am describes how residents attempt to go on living a normal life in the pastoral community, despite the constant threat of

Living with Terror Rockets, Tunnels, Balloons & Kites in Kibbutz Nir Am

Living with Terror Rockets, Tunnels, Balloons & Kites in Kibbutz Nir Am

This heartbreaking video (03:01) reveals the reality of living under the constant threat of terror attacks in Kibbutz Nir Am, which has suffered from years of rocket attacks, underground terrorist

KKL-JNF’s Acquisition of Land in the Negev Desert (1941-1950)

KKL-JNF’s Acquisition of Land in the Negev Desert (1941-1950)

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article details the organization’s activities from 1941-1950, focusing on the the establishment and support of new settlements in the Negev Desert, formally establishing the

Supporting Israel’s Innovative Water Solutions

Supporting Israel’s Innovative Water Solutions

Produced by the JNF, this video (05:54) looks at the organization’s contributions to innovative solutions to Israel’s water crisis, including the treatment, recycling, and collection of waste and runoff water, aquifer

Masada: Breathtaking Views & A Dramatic Tale

Masada: Breathtaking Views & A Dramatic Tale

This video (02:03) shows excellent aerial footage of the ancient mountaintop fortress of Masada, along with an brief onscreen retelling of the story behind this archaeological site. 

How Do We Tell the Story of Masada? A Window into Modern Israel

How Do We Tell the Story of Masada? A Window into Modern Israel

This fascinating, animated video (04:04) briefly describes the history of Masada, with an emphasis on the role the alleged mass suicide of Jewish rebels on this desert mountaintop fortress has played

The Siege of Masada: What Really Happened?

The Siege of Masada: What Really Happened?

Produced by Andrew Henry, a Ph.D student in Religious Studies and creator of the Religion for Breakfast YouTube channel, this informative video (08:32) tells the story of Masada, one of the most

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis near the Gaza border is no picnic to say the least, as this clip (4:31) from The Watchman so vividly describes. Fear of rocket barrage has become

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Get a glimpse into what life is like for residents of the Gaza envelope in this clip (3:20) from VOA News. In times of conflict and unrest, residents of cities

Remaking Sderot: A Park in the Heart of the Community

Remaking Sderot: A Park in the Heart of the Community

This video clip (3:42) introduces the Park of Courage – a project developed by KKL-JNF with the mission of bringing joy and lightness back to the lives of the children

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

In this clip from the IDF (4:21), Lieutenant Adam Landau of the 188th Armored Brigade describes his firsthand experiences during Operation Protective Edge. The operation began in the wake of

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Meet some of the heroes behind 2014’s Operation Protective Edge in this clip (5:35) from the Friends of the IDF. In June 2014, Hamas terrorists kidnapped and murdered three Israeli

JNF Blueprint Negev: Be’er Sheva

JNF Blueprint Negev: Be’er Sheva

This video (04:17) highlights JNF’s commitment to transform Be’ersheva through investment in the environment, culture, people and infrastructure of the city. From the biblical history of Abraham in the area through

1956- Rare Interviews with Ben-Gurion, Nasser, and King Hussein from 1956

1956- Rare Interviews with Ben-Gurion, Nasser, and King Hussein from 1956

This rare video from 1956 (6:57) taken from the YouTube channel SetFree68 was initially prepared as a television broadcast. Interviews with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Jordanian

A Day in Be’er Sheva River Park

A Day in Be’er Sheva River Park

This video (01:11) presents some of the highlights of the restored Be’ersheva River Park, from a children’s park to historical sites to a giant outdoor amphitheatre. For more information about

The Bedouins of the Negev: A Population Transforming

The Bedouins of the Negev: A Population Transforming

This very short article presents a snapshot of Israel’s Bedouin population, including a summary of the complex cultural changes underway in their society. 

10 Reasons Why Hiking in the Negev Should Be on Your Bucket List

10 Reasons Why Hiking in the Negev Should Be on Your Bucket List

From the website of The Green Backpackers desert hostel and hikers base camp in Mitzpe Ramon, this blog post points out some of the unique cultural, geological, and technical factors that

Top 10 Things To Do In The Negev Desert

Top 10 Things To Do In The Negev Desert

This article from Culture Trip reveals some of the best attractions to visit in the Negev Desert, including archaeological sites, geological phenomenons, historical monuments, culinary and cultural experiences, nature reserves,

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Music

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Code Red Song – Helping Children Deal with Terror

Code Red Song – Helping Children Deal with Terror

In this clip (1:14), watch the amazing way children of Sderot respond to a Code Red siren in their school. As the various classes make their way to their safe

Prayer of the Mothers by Yael Deckelbaum and Women Wage Peace

Prayer of the Mothers by Yael Deckelbaum and Women Wage Peace

In Prayer of the Mothers (5:20), Israeli artist Yael Deckelbaum pairs with Jewish and Palestinian women of the Women Wage Peace movement, singing together their joint prayer for peace. The grassroots

Children of Sderot by Tim Davis and Sha-Ron

Children of Sderot by Tim Davis and Sha-Ron

Children of Sderot (4:13) is a heartfelt outpouring of sympathy for the children of Israel’s border communities who grow up under constant threat of rocket barrage. Sderot is hardly over

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Anecdotes

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The Assaf Siboni Observatory

The Assaf Siboni Observatory

Produced by a tourist to the site, this video (01:23) presents the view from the Assaf Siboni lookout point, located near Kibbutz Nir Am, which provides an excellent vantage point over

Yanchik Hill Memorial & Lookout

Yanchik Hill Memorial & Lookout

This post presents two photographs of the Yanchik Hill memorial and lookout point located outside of Kibbutz Nir Am. The first photograph features a sculpture of Yaakov (Yanchik) Gavri (1916-1986),

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