Post 251: Large Estate in Danger of Being Lost to the Jewish People Forever in the Negev- Save lives with cameras- Walking the country- Where to get special shoes for walking-Roasted Vegetable Orzo- from 101 Cooks-for after your hike

Large Estate in Danger of Being Lost to the Jewish People Forever
The Israel Land Fund recently learned of and investigated a large equestrian ranch and tourist facility in the Negev, near the southern Israeli city of Arad in imminent danger of being sold to Arabs.

The ranch encompasses an area of 6.5 dunams and includes full equestrian facilities, Private residence, workers quarters, dining/event facilities, a merchandising area, parking lot and more.

The price for this beautiful ranch is 4.5 million Israeli shekels.

The sellers are elderly and can no longer maintain the property. Thus far, they have received several offers, but only from Arabs. The owners are willing to sell for less in order to keep the ranch they built in 1966, in Jewish hands.

If you or anyone you know can help us save this beautiful ranch, please contact the ILF immediately

One Simple Way You Can Save Jewish Lives in Jerusalem

As many of us are all too aware, the security situation in Jerusalem has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. In addition to the widely reported stabbing attacks occurring on a regular basis, residents of eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods are living with a daily onslaught of rock attacks, firebombings, attacks with incendiary firework devices and vandalism.

We at the Israel Land Fund have helped to equip residents with various forms of self-defense and emergency equipment and have found one particular piece of equipment that has proven to make an immediate difference for the Jewish residents of eastern Jerusalem. Surveillance cameras.

We have seen a consistent decrease in attacks once a camera system has been installed, and when terrorists do attack these areas, they are more likely to be brought to justice. These camera systems have provided Israeli forces with crucial intelligence in situations where time is of the essence. Several terrorists have already been identified by ILF cameras and arrested by Israeli security forces, saving property and lives.

We at the Israel Land Fund are turning to you, our supporters, to help us install more cameras in neighborhoods like Beit Tzafafa, Beit Hanina, Armon Hanatziv, the Mt. of Olives and others.

Each camera system (with microphone) costs 4,600 Israeli Shekels, including installation. We are seeking to purchase 10 of these systems.

By enabling the Israel Land Fund to install these crucial systems, you are saving lives and making an immediate impact on Israel’s battle with terrorism.

Please contact the ILF for more details


Israel Land Fund | P.O. Box 725 | Jerusalem | 91007 | Israel
November 25, 2015

About six weeks ago I took this picture with a family in the Hadassah Family Room on the ninth floor. I approached the young man on the left and started chatting in my broken Arabic. This photo was taken on October 15th. The gentleman to my left was a Hebrew speaker and together we read a segment in my Arabic book. Then suddenly his wife called and he thrust the book back at me. It was a very funny moment.

The Big Beautiful Negev
By Steve Kramer

The Ezra club is made up of expatriots in Israel from the far flung reaches of the British Empire.
The ESRA Hiking Club ( ventured south to the hills of the northern Negev recently for one of the most beautiful hikes that I’ve done in Israel. We were heading towards the Yeruham Park and Lake, where there are green groves and a manmade lake in the middle of the desert. After years of neglect, a sewage recycling plant was finally constructed on the outskirts of Yeruham by KKL/JNF (Jewish National Fund), helping to revive the lake and make this park an unexpected pleasure.

The Negev Desert accounts for more than half of Israel’s land mass. It was included in the territory allotted to a Jewish State in the 1947 UN Partition Plan and was hotly contested in Israel’s War of Independence. The Negev extends all the way to Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea. Developing the sparsely populated Negev was the dream of David Ben-Gurion, the monumental Zionist figure and the first prime minister of Israel.

On the way south, we passed close to Beersheba, the “capital” of the Negev. Our excellent guide Reuven pointed out the possible origins of the city’s name: either 7 wells, or the well of the oath. The Biblical reference relates that Abraham and King Abimelech (the king of Gerar) entered into a covenant there (Genesis 21:31).

The skyline of Beersheba has grown dramatically over the last few years, and with a current population of more than 200,000, Beersheba is Israel’s 7th largest city. Several years ago the government, perhaps with Ben-Gurion’s dream in mind, decided to move the bulk of the military establishment to the Negev, near Beersheba. This has driven growth by defense industries which are building factories close by and consequently, residential housing for soldiers and workers.

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba has greatly expanded its campus; its student population numbers 20,000, with more than a third in graduate studies. Close by is Soroka Medical Center, Israel’s 4th largest, which is the teaching hospital of Ben-Gurion’s School of Medicine.

The $1 billion Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) is a massive project to revitalize the Negev Desert by making it a major player of the “Startup Nation.” The project is a joint effort by the State of Israel, the Beersheba municipality, Ben-Gurion University and KUD International, a consortium of US and Japanese investors. It specializes in top-tier cyber-security and communication companies. Upon completion it will be one of the largest startup ecosystems in the country. (

As we passed “unrecognized” Beduin encampments with no infrastructure, Reuven explained that the Beduin problem has not yet been resolved. He believes the Beduin are winning, because many of their primitive encampments have been legalized, despite the State of Israel policy of building large towns with modern amenities for the Beduin to inhabit. The organization leads the fight against the Beduin land grabs in the Negev. The Beduin are supported by the EU, individual European states, and numerous anti-Zionist non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The weather was perfect for hiking. As we progressed through the relatively barren desert landscape, we were on the lookout for winter flowers, signs of animal life, and beautiful views. Eventually we reached a viewpoint from where we could see the lake, with the desert town of Yeruham beyond it. On the far side of the town is located the Great Machtesh (crater), one of the Negev’s major attractions. We could just make out the location of the crater’s edge.

Yeruham is the site of Tel Rahma, dating back to the 10th century BCE. On the outskirts of Yeruham is an ancient well, Be’er Rahma, which some archeologists believe is the well where Hagar drew water for her son Ishmael. In 1951, the town was founded as a “development town,” where new immigrants from Romania, North Africa, Iran, India and other non-Western countries were placed. A sea-change for Yeruham occurred when the former mayor of Haifa, Amram Mitzna, a reserve IDF general, served a 5-year term as mayor. Since then, the town has experienced revitalization and now has a population of 10,000. It is benefiting from the general growth in the Negev and its location just a half-hour’s drive from Beersheba.

At this point in our hike we circled to the right of the park, first descending and then beginning a series of long climbs up to another summit, from which we could see a second desert town, Dimona. The 360 degree panorama from the summit was fabulous. We were rewarded on the trail with several viewings of nearly-hidden yellow crocuses, one of four varieties of the flower, which only grow in several, choice spots in the region. This particular variety is called the Helmonit crocus, deriving from the Hebrew for egg yolk. These varieties were thought to be extinct, but are now recognized as endangered.

Soon we began our decline towards the park. When we eventually reached it, Reuven pointed out the tamarisk trees which had encroached on the perimeter of the lake, similar to what one sees at Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). He explained that since the lake ws revived by a new sewage plant, it became suitable for introducing fish and recreational fishing.

We soon returned to our bus for the ride north. Of course, we made the obligatory stop for coffee at a cafe along the road. Besides enjoying the exercise and the magnificent views, we had learned that the Negev is becoming something more than a large training area for the IDF. Now it is a significant factor in modern Israel, with the government, the IDF, the local communities, the KKL/JNF and the environmental NGOs driving its growth (Israel Pundit)

This seems like a good place to discuss special walking shoes for special needs.The list below from lists from Betuach Leumi- the sources for custom shoes throughout the country.

רשימת מכוני נעליים מורשים

שם ספק
שם הישוב
אורטופדיה מרק
שד’ ירושלים 42
ת”א- יפו
אורטופדיה פאר
הרצל 125
אורטופדיה רוזנברג
זבוטינסקי 49
רמת גן
אורטופדיה 2000
הס 6
אורטופדיק סנטר י.ש
פבזנר 4
גאפ מכון אורטופדי
עין גנים 8
גני תקווה
המרכז הבריאותי- עטרת ירושלים
דיסקין 9, קומה 4, בנייני וולפסון

המרכז הבריאותי- עטרת פתח תקווה
שפיגל 3
פתח תקווה
המרכז הבריאותי- עטרת תל אביב
פנקס 60, מאחורי בית החייל
ת”א- יפו
המרכז להנעלה- סופר נעל אוקסימברג
פאולוס השישי 117 בניין אל ראיד
הסנדלריה- אלון נגאל
אלוף הניצחון 14
הוד השרון
הראל אורטופדיה
שנקר 27
ויינברג אורטופדיה
מכבי 13
ת”א- יפו
מכון אורטופדי אחוזה
שדרת הנשיא 124
מכון אורטופדי שלגיה
דיזינגוף 207
מכון מושקוביץ
מונטיפיורי 37 פינת ההסתדרות 7
פתח תקווה
מכון ציון שקרצי
ירושלים 67
מר’להנעלה אורטופדית- משה כהן
אבן גבירול 117
ת”א יפו
נווה- מעבדות אורטופד
כנפי נשרים ,24 גבעת שמואל
נעלי חן
צפת 4
נעלי תבנית
הרצל 44, פינת המייסדים
סנדלרית בנג’ו
אזור המלאכה 14/2
קרית גת
אורטופדיה אברבוך אזיס
המפתח 17
אורלי אורטופדיה
תל גיבורים 5, בית טפר
אלוש יעקב- תפנית
הרצל 14
ראשון לציון
אשד אורטופדיה רמת גן
ת.ד 10001
רמת גן
רזיאל 9
עטרת מדיפוט
הירקון 307
ת”א יפו
עטרת מדיפוט חיפה
מאפו 13
שמעון יצחק
דוד ילין 53

Roasted Vegetable Orzo- from 101 Cooks
I used a blend of whole wheat and plain orzo pasta here. Use whatever you have or like. I find having percentage of plain mixed in with the whole wheat lightens it up nicely while still getting the benefits of a whole grain pasta.

1 medium delicata squash, seeded & sliced 1/3-inch thick
3 shallots, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil or melted clarified butter
fine grain sea salt
4 medium cloves garlic, peel on

12 kale leaves, washed & dried well, de-stemmed & cut into 3-inch strips/ or bock choy

1 1/2 cups / 9 ounces uncooked orzo pasta
1/2 cup / 120 ml plain yogurt or drained 5% cheese

For serving: slivered scallions, fresh oregano, toasted nuts or seeds

Preheat the oven to 400F / 205C with racks arranged in the top and bottom thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment. You’re going to roast the squash, shallots, and garlic on one sheet, and the kale on another.

Prep the delicata squash, and toss it in a large bowl with the shallots, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and a big pinch of salt. Arrange in a single layer on one of the baking sheets, add the garlic and place on the bottom rack, for about 30 minutes. Spin once or twice along the way to get even roasting – let it all get deeply golden.

After the squash is in the oven, use the same bowl to toss the kale with another splash of olive, and pinch of salt. Arrange the leaves on the other baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until you get a touch of browning, but the leaves are primarily still green. Set aside.

Get the pasta water boiling, salt well, and cook the orzo pasta. Drain and use quickly (warm) OR (if you won’t be serving for a while) run under cold water, and toss with a tiny splash of olive oil.

For the dressing, extract the roasted garlic from its peel, and mash it with a bit of the yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Work in the rest of the yogurt, taste, and add more salt if needed.

When you’re ready to serve, toss the orzo, and roasted vegetables with about half of the yogurt. Turn out onto a platter and sprinkle with scallions, oregano, and seeds/nuts. Serve the remaining yogurt to the side.

Serves 4-6.
Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 30 min


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