In 2011 Jewish Nevada and Ramat HaNegev partnered together to develop and continue Nevada’s deep history of an unwavering support for Israel. This partnership is extremely meaningful to the Jewish community in Nevada, and continues the tradition of building a solid foundation for the future generations in Israel. The foundation of our partnership together is building strong people-to-people connections between our two regions.
Our Partnership mission is to leverage social, human, and financial resources to inspire community engagement and development by investing in relationships, education, culture, and community-building initiatives.
The Ramat HaNegev Regional Council is located in Southern Israel in the heart of the Negev Desert. It consists of 21 percent of Israel’s geographical area, with a population of more than 7,000 Jewish citizens living in 13 different Kibbutzim, Joint Communities, and religious and secular micro-communities. Ramat HaNegev is a world leader in advanced agriculture, outdoor activities, desert and water conversation research, solar energy technology and much more. If you want to experience the Zionist dream, Ramat HaNegev is the place to be. The council’s ties with the Institute of Desert Studies in Nevada and other professional entities was enacted, in order to strengthen the ties between both communities. This connection creates eminence potential for further expansion of the partnership to include the fields of education, agriculture and tourism. Click here to learn more about the Ramat HaNegev Region (link to regional council website: http://rng.org.il/en/ofrom-the-mayor/communities/)
At the begging of our Partnership, the Davis Family established a scholarship fund for students which would enhance their involvement and active life in the Ramat HaNegev community, in return for a substantial university scholarship. In doing so, many students were able to experience and create a stronger connection with Israel and deepen social and educational relationships within the community. In 2017, more than 120 students were in attendance at the sixth annual Davis Family Scholarship Ceremony.
Additionally, as part of the Partnership, the Solomon Family launched “A Place to Grow” at the local elementary school Mashabim. This program allows students to learn outdoors in a fun and interactive environment. Jewish Nevada is proud to be a part of a program that enables the region’s youth to develop strong connections to Israel during adolescence which ensures a positive relationship with Israel.
Together, our two communities, are working together to foster a deeper commitment to Israel and the Jewish People while enriching the quality of life.
For more information about Nevada’s partnership with Ramat HaNegev contact Julia Franks at Julia@jewishnevada.org