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Establishing Communities

The history of Zionism is intertwined with the building of new communities around Israel. The tradition of building up the land of Israel began as a biblical commandment, and more recently was renewed with the social and political ideologies of a Jewish state, setting up a network of construction across the country. The country is no longer desolate, but the vast majority of construction occurs in the crowded center, making it clear that in today’s day and age, the Zionist mission is to build up the land in the Negev and Galilee.

In 2002 we built the first new town in the Negev after 15 years of stagnancy, and named it Sansana. Since then we have built a total of 9 new towns, each bring thriving new populations to the Negev and Galilee, and creating room for a healthy population dispersal. We continue to work with these towns to develop them into strong and sustainable populations.

Five new towns are in the bureaucratic process of establishment.

Communities Established by OR Movement

Chiran

Several years ago, a group of young families set out to pioneer in the Negev. Their goal was to create an active “Seed Group” ready to move into the […]

Carmit

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Carmit is an inspiration for modern-day Zionism. This new community being developed in the heart of Israel’s Negev Desert, just fifteen minutes outside of Be’er Sheva. Carmit was established through […]

Be’er Milka

Beer Milka is a moshav – an agricultural community – situated in Israel’s Ramat HaNegev region. Established in 2006 it now has 30 young families – 60 adults and […]

Mitzpeh Ilan

Mitzpe Ilan is a community in the Galilee region, established by OR Movement in 2003. The community is made up of Modern Orthodox Jews who have a strong connection […]

Eliav

Eliav is a community of both secular and religious, of nature and ecology, built in the end of 2004, currently populated by 70 families including about 140 children. The […]

Givot Bar

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On a stormy winter night in January of 2004, fourteen pioneering families moved out to establish a new community in the Negev. What began as a row of portable […]

Merchav Am

Merchav Am, founded in 2001, was the first religious village built in the Ramat HaNegev region. Over 80 families live in Merchav Am, and with 270 children the young town […]

Sansana

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Sansana holds a special place in the history of the Negev – established 1999 it was the first new community after fifteen years of stagnant growth in the region. […]