WHAT WE DO
The Jewish Federation of the Desert has a long and rich history of taking on special “overseas” projects in Israel. It has enhanced this commitment with the dedication of a number of very special endeavors in the Negev region of the country. While the Negev amounts to more than 60% of Israel’s land mass, it is home to no more than 20% of Israel’s population. Our Federation aims to change those numbers.
IN THE NEGEV AREA IN ISRAEL
About Ramat HaNegev
Our beautiful council in located in the heart of the desert, covering approx. 22% of the total area of the State of Israel. The council is home to 15 diverse communities, and about 8,000 residents, that together live here and realize, in practice, David Ben-Gurion’s vision of settling and developing the Negev.
Some of the most advanced and impressive enterprises in Israel were established and operate here, in one of Israel's most remote areas: innovative agri-tech, Institutes for Desert Research, International agriculture training center, one of the world’s most advanced renewable energy facility, and an innovative education lab.
Our communities are constantly developing and growing thanks to the high quality of life, the quality of the people, and the privilege of continuing the Zionist work of making the Negev bloom and thus strengthen the home of the Jewish people.
Projects in Negev
The Jewish community of the Desert Area, has made a commitment to partner with Israelis in building a more democratic, pluralistic and just Israel.
Jewish communities abroad, and locally, continue to face economic hardship, isolation, anti-Semitism, and social welfare needs, particularly amongst the elderly. These communities look to the more affluent and secure Jewish Diaspora communities for support and relief in helping them sustain their populations according to the values of our people.
Here in the Desert Area, we are working to build a more meaningful, mature relationship with Israel, and to grow our support for global Jewish communities in need.
HOW WE ADDRESS IT
By providing inspiration, expertise and financial resources, Fed enables Jews from the Desert Area, Israel and Diaspora communities around the world to become more knowledgeable about, supportive of, and deeply engaged with one another. We strengthen Jewish identity and Jewish life by:
Our Israel Education Initiative seeks to strengthen Jewish identity among Jewish students in the Desert Area and develop a sense of common Jewish destiny among students in both the Desert Area and Israel.
INVESTING IN ISRAEL
Civil Society and Equality of Opportunity: Supporting and Empowering Israel’s Most Vulnerable Populations. Developing a civil society and ensuring that all of Israel’s citizens, veteran Israelis and newcomers, children growing up in large cities in the center of the country and those growing up in disadvantaged peripheral areas—have equal opportunities to realize their potential, succeed, and find their place in Israeli society.
Jewish Identity and Pluralism:
Reconnecting Secular Israelis to their Jewish Identity and Promoting Jewish Pluralism.
DESERT AREA TO ISRAEL
We support a wide range of programs geared toward youth and adults that seek to enhance their “Israel experience” and Jewish identity in a myriad of ways: long-term and short-term travel programs; bringing Israeli arts and culture to the Desert Area representatives sent by the JAFI (Jewish Agency in Israel), and Israel programming on our local university campus (UC Riverside).
OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS
JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE DESERT
69710 Highway 111. Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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