Three-day Trip to the South: "The Human Mosaic – Zionism Then and Now" : Pictures here.
Thirty seven Bet Israel members and friends went on a three day trip to the south of Israel where we got to know about different communities and developing towns in and around Kiryat Gat and Dimona. We heard about the Ethiopians march and arrival in Israel and the community's way of life at the Beta Israel farm and visited the memorial to the 4,000 Ethiopians who died on the arduous way here.
We learned about changes in the status of women in Bedouin society through visits to Desert Embroidery and herbal remedies Desert Daughter visitors' centers.
Knesset deputy speaker Meir Cohen, a former high school principal and mayor of Dimona told us the town's story and the tremendous changes occurring there in the last 10-15 years.
We visited the Ayalim student village and got a fascinating tour of the Hebrew Community quarter in Dimona. We enjoyed eating prickly pears (sabra fruits) at the Orly Sabras enormous farm while learning all about growing and selling the fruit.
The two nights we stayed at the unique Drachim Hotel in Dimona was an experience in itself with its distinctive Moroccan décor and delicious food.
The last day was devoted mainly to the annals of the War of Independence in the area. We visited the memorial to the 87 religious soldiers of the Alexandroni Brigade who fell in the battle of the Faluja Pocket during the War of Independence. We visited the Givati museum, Kibbutz Negba open museum and the Tom & Tomer ecological park in memory of the victims of the helicopter crash disaster in 1997.
The trip was organized and guided by Itzhik Efron.
To all members of Bet Israel, shalom,
I am pleased to announce that we have a Community Center Director for Bet Israel beginning 1 August.
Her name is Aleli Prawer and she has wide experience in community organizing and helping Masorti-affiliated communities to succeed and to grow. She was very successful in Uraguay in founding new Masorti communities.
This is a first step, we hope, in moving in a positive direction for Bet Israel, with the tremendous support, both material and moral, from our own Masorti Movement here in Israel.
I invite you all to meet Aleli when she joins us at Shabbat Morning Services on 3 August.