The Nitzana Educational Community in the Negev was founded with the assistance of the Jewish Agency in 1986, by Israel Prize winner Lova Eliav. Ever since its creation, Nitzana has been committed to education and emphasizes values such as Zionism, pluralism, self empowerment , a love for Israel and specifically the Negev Desert, while stressing the importance of sustainability, ecology and conservation. The main idea behind the community from the beginning has been to teach Israeli Youth and young Jews from the Diaspora about the Negev Desert as a "Living Desert", that contains great potential and endless settlement and development possibilities.
Nitzana's facilities consist of a school, solar park, museum, recycling center, rehabilitation center, swimming pool, gym, dining room, synagogue, accommodations for 100 new immigrants, meeting rooms, computer rooms, a fleet of bicycles for desert trips, and more.
The village offers an extraordinary education in a unique setting for young people from Israel and abroad. Each year, approximately 15,000 young people participate in the multiple seminars of Nitzana, the main ones being, The "Negev Zionist Ecological Seminar", "Follow the Sun" science seminar and the "Empowerment Seminar".
Absorption of New Immigrants
The Nitzana Educational Community also provides a warm home for new immigrants from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union and North America. The program of MASA "Journey" facilitates immigrants’ smooth integration into Israeli society and prepares them for army service, employment and higher educational opportunities.
An Oasis in the Desert - Accommodations
The Educational Community of Nitzana is an oasis of life in the Negev desert. The village is surrounded by amazing agricultural projects. Its own local water source has literally brought life to the region. Amidst all of this beauty we offer accommodations to suit every taste - guest apartments, a youth hostel and even Bedouin tents.
For more information on the village and activities, please visit our website.