Project Description

Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council marks the one year anniversary of Operation “Protective Edge”, a war that broke out during last year’s summer in Israel, taking the freedom of the holidays away from the local children.

This summer they had the liberty of reverting back to the routine of educational activities at the KKL-JNF Nes Harim Field & Forest Education Centre, which is always a highlight of the summer holidays. The camp held 25 – 30 July 2015 was a regional council and youth movement collaboration hosted by the KKL-JNF Education Division.

200 children from eight Sha’ar Hanegev communities (out of a total of 11) participated in the Nes Harim summer camp for the third year in a row.

The communities that took part in the summer camps were: Gavim, Mefalsim, Nir Am, Nahal Oz, Ruhama, Dorot, Bror Chayil, and Or Haner.

Youth from year 9 to 12 were in the forest centre from Sunday through to Thursday where they assembled the camp facilities in preparation for the arrival of the younger children (years 3 – 6). They put together a field kitchen and supported the madrichim in leading all the activities.

The year 3 – 6 students were greeted by the KKL madrichim upon their arrival for forest navigation training where they learned about the botanical and historical Zionistic aspects of the space whilst playing competitive games.

Within the frame work of the camp the children had night time activities in which they set up tents and other facilities, allowing them to enjoy the freedom that nature and the outdoors provide. The entire settlement was characterised as a tribe that comes together to battle against evil and hatred.

KKL-JNF is now in the final stages of building the multifunctional centre at the Nes Harim Field and Forest Educational Centre in the Jerusalem Hills due to be finished this October.

The new building will allow the site to expand its activities, from hosting seminars and camps to other large scale events. It is an environmental building (energy-efficient, recycled materials) adapted for accessibility to meet the needs of varied populations. The new building will contain a cafeteria, a conference hall (that can be subdivided into 4 seminar rooms), a shaded terrace that can also be used for activities and will accommodate up to 400 people.

This project was made possible by the generous bequest of the late Tibor Siklos z”l.