Building the Future of Israel

The Need

Israel’s population is growing at a fantastic rate: by the year 2048 it is predicted to double and reach 16 million.

The current demographic and economic spread in Israel has an unsustainable reliance on the center of the country. This dependency has already created several problems, including a national housing crisis.

If the situation continues along with the State’s forecasted population growth, the problems will be exacerbated. An economy and population of 16 million dependent on one small state center will cause overcrowding, prohibitive housing prices, immovable traffic, and overall loss in quality of life.

The solution is in the underpopulated remaining 70% of the land mass. The Negev and Galilee each have the developing potential to become independent population and economic centers in their own right. Utilizing this potential will allow the state to develop and thrive at a healthier and stronger rate, encouraging a high quality of life for the overall Israeli population.

Our Vision

The Negev and Galilee will reach full economic and social self-sustainability, leading Israel to be made up of three thriving and independent economies: the Galilee, the Gush-Dan, and the Negev.

With the thriving new economic centers citizens will enjoy a higher quality of life, full of opportunities and prosperity; making Israel a better country.

Our Mission

In time for the year 2048, OR Movement will bring the Negev and Galilee to their full inherent potential in terms of population, social structure, economy, and infrastructure; with populations of three million each – which will turn them into thriving centers of population, and catalysts for national growth. This will be achieved through action relating to all aspects of life, and all streams of society.

Our Story & Accomplishments

In 1999, four childhood friends set out on a hike across Israel, with a mission: to determine what Zionism meant for the next generation. They trekked through the Negev and Galilee and saw a vast space of land, neglected. Communities were sparse and growing old, while the youth were leaving for the country’s center. In this spurned area, the young friends saw the future.

The group began with a statement. They established Sansana – the first new community in the Negev after fifteen years of stagnancy. Pioneering in Israel had entered a new era, and OR Movement was born.

Today nearly 33,000 OR Movement pioneers live in new and renewed communities of the Negev and Galilee.

9 new communities were established by OR Movement: Sansana, Merchav Am, Be’er Milka, Givot Bar, Mitzpeh Ilan, Eliav, Carmit, and Chiran.

68 older communities, rural and urban, completed the process of strengthening and expanding.

28 Seed Groups of young pioneering families have been guided to the Negev & Galilee.

81 public and community infrastructure projects have been completed, including: community centers, entrances, synagogues, mikvahs, early education centers, sports fields, parks, residential buildings, temporary camps, and more.

6,755 families are currently in various stages of the moving process.

Awards

  • The Algemeiner Award for 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life (2013)
  • The Yigal Alon Award for Exemplary Pioneering Activities (2012)
  • The first-ever Prime Minister’s Award for Innovation and Initiatives (2010)
  • The Knesset Speaker’s Award for Quality of Life (2009)
  • The President of Israel Volunteers Award (2006)
Roni Flamer, CEO, receiving the Prime Minister's award.