Grants in Israel
Future in the Desert
- Grant period: 2013
- Grantee link: Atid Bamitbar
The project is implemented throughout the southern region of Israel, focusing on the Negev (Netivot, Yeroham, Kiryat Gat, Dimona, BeerSheva), and includes three main components:
- Leadership project and training in Kiryat Gat
- Workshops and communal projects in Netivot
- "Seminars-on-wheels" and a three-day summer camp for parents and children from Negev towns.
This project enables each individual to participate in activities with their peers from a similar cultural background, creating a sense of shared community, and gives them an opportunity to learn more about Jewish heritage and Israeli culture in a conducive and culturally appropriate atmosphere, while developing and expressing their unique multi-faceted identity. The project also strengthens the connections between generations, based on Jewish culture, values and knowledge.
A cadre of young, Russian-speakers in the Negev benefits Russian-speaking Israelis in the Negev as well as Israeli society in general. During the project, younger participants become more conscious of the importance of the Jewish-Israeli identity in dialogue with their Russian-Jewish identity. They also develop a connection to other Russian-speakers from various waves of immigration which have integrated into Israeli society.
The range of project activities involve wider circles of Russian-speakers in developing and strengthening their own and their families' and/or communities' unique Jewish-Israeli-Russian identity and joining with others to invigorate communal life in Negev towns.
Goals and Objectives
- Develop a stronger Jewish-Israeli identity and more positive attitudes to other Israelis.
- Obtain practical experience in planned communal activities inspired by Jewish-Israeli culture.
- Provide young Russian-speakers with the Jewish cultural knowledge and tools that they need and want.
- Create motivation, experience and ability to apply this in their own lives and families.
- Bring up new informal communal leaders and role models for the participants and larger audiences.
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