Since 1990, Atid Bamidbar has been connecting residents of the Negev to their Jewish and ethnic heritage. We take an open and egalitarian approach to bridging social gaps in Israeli society and fostering mutual respect based on the common denominator of Jewish-Israeli culture. These connections are created in Yeroham and the Negev through our various programs:
• Annual study-encounter programs, which appeal to a variety of ages and are sometimes integrated with the creative arts (music, dance, piyut, and poetry).
• Cultural events, including the Pa'ameiMidbar Piyut and Song Festival, Limmud Negev, Seder TuBishvat, Shavuot Happening, lectures, and more.
• Communal projects, such as the "Israel Album" community documentation of local history, the Culinary Queens of Yeroham, "Soft Landing" for new residents, young leadership development programs, and more.
• Regional initiatives to promote collaboration and partnerships between sectors and organizations, localities and municipalities, such as Gvanim for Negev Municipalities, seminars for Russian-speaking families, and training courses for communal leaders.
• Experiential programs for visiting groups from Israel and abroad.
In addition, Atid Bamidbar has developed special expertise in working with Russian-speaking Israelis throughout the Negev, as well as on a national level, and has formulated successful methods to reach this population. Every month, Russian-speaking children, youths, and adults participate in our programs. And recently, Atid Bamidbar has been working with newly arrived Ethiopian olim in the immigrant absorption centers in Beer Sheva. Through all these efforts, Atid Bamidbar has transformed Yeroham into a regional resource for Jewish renewal , education, and cultural initiatives.
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