Youth Pioneers of the 21st Century

Designed for members of youth movements from around the world, this program introduces participants to the 21st century pioneers who are building modern life in southern Israel.

Program Goals:

  • To introduce participants to David Ben Gurion’s vision to populate the Negev Desert and the Arava.
  • To learn about the history, present, and future of this region.

This video (04:17) introduces Noa Zer, a modern-day pioneer who lives on Moshav Paran in the Arava desert, two hours away from the nearest city. In a place without water, this community’s prime livelihood is agriculture.

This video (04:30) tells the story of the pioneering desert community of Merchav Am and the flourishing partnership between the young village and the Jewish community of Perth, Australia.