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.
- 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)