Negev will be the test of the creative ability and pioneering valour of Israel
scientific and research ability
Jewish youth - the Negev will be the test
of the people of Israel and its state."
David Ben-Gurion, 1954.
over a century, The Jewish National Fund has strengthened Israel by serving as
the caretaker of the land for Jewish people everywhere. The words, spoken by the
visionary David Ben-Gurion, have never held more significance and truth. Israel's
constantly growing population in the north is running out of space, and the Negev
is a massive land reserve waiting to be
developed. In the Hebrew calendar 5764
alone, Israel's population grew by 143,000 newborn babies, plus 22,000 new immigrants.
Grasp the economic, demographic and geographic realities of Israel, and you will
understand the immediate need to develop the Negev. Over the next five years,
our goal is to bring 250,000 new residents to the Negev. And over the next ten
years, Blueprint Negev will bringover 500,000 people to 100,000 housing sites
that will be created in 25 new communities.
JNF South Africa are making
a difference by assisting young pioneers to establish farmsteads. The farmsteads
are located in the Negev highlands between the Telallim Junction to the town of
Mizpe Ramon. The farms are built on available sites in the Negev that are neither
protected nature reserves or army training areas. Most of the sites have been
chosen for thei scenic location and in many cases have been built on previously
disturbed sites. Agriculture includes olive groves, vineyards, pomegrates, almonds,
berries, jojoba and dairy farms. Yourist attractions include horseback riding,
sale of cheeses and other farm products, restaurants, olive presses and wineries.
you can follow Ben-Gurion's dream and develop a stronger Israel, where communities
are born and stay for generations to come. To contribute or find out more about
this project please contact Isla Feldman on (011) 645-2537. One of our
directors will gladly set up a meeting with you or your company and show you amazing
presentations on the work being done in the Negev.