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 Welcome to the Jewish Federation of North America's Negev Funding Coalition page.

This page is dedicated to the Negev Funding Coalition's Young Communities, Sustainable Future project.


Young Communities, Sustainable Future is a program initiated and supported by the Negev Funding Coalition.

The program is operated by four Israeli organizations collaborating with nine communities throughout the Negev as a network.

Young Communities is a movement of local Negev communities, which aims to create and implement social projects in the Negev. The initiative helps bring young people to the Negev, specifically to low socioeconomic areas; improving the quality of life for all around them.

The Coalition is working with Young Communities on the second stage on the movement's development to help communities become sustainable.

This program supports and guides young adult communities in their efforts to develop and provide significant and stable social service projects in the Negev. In this project the Negev Funding Coalition partners with the Jewish Agency as well as the Shahaf and the Gandyr Foundations, two leading Israeli philanthropic bodies in the young adult field. 

Goals of the Project

·         Identifying opportunities and building capacity and skills necessary for the implementation of the sustainable social projects, that are needed in the communities and meaningful for the participants

·         Creating a shared culture between young communities and the surrounding environment, as well as nine communities themselves

·         Encouraging pluralism and tolerance through networking of different communities, religious and secular.

What the Coalition does

·         Gives professional tools, assistance and support to the selected young communities in the Negev. This includes providing participants with professional training and seminars.

·         Enables communication between the network of communities, provides a platform and fosters an efficient collaboration among the communities.

·         Provides leveraging for projects' implementation.


 - - Who are the people involved in the Young Communities? Read about the people on the ground, who are making this work. - -  

Read MORE here

Some community members share their thoughts:

Keren Malkush - Vealiatam BaNegev Community was previously a teacher and librarian, now the coordinator of the community.


She joined the community 12 years ago…in order to build the land, create a palpable influence on society, build the Negev and express Zionist values and my simple love for the place.


It took 24 months until she moved to the community after she found out about it from her youth movement.


What words characterize the project for you?

Social change, building a community, feeling of being together, shared efforts, caring for each other, conscience, giving to others, obligations, connection, modern Zionism.


Dina Zimri - Shuva Community is married with children: Tama Tzofia, 12.5; Adiya, 11; Hillel, 9; Edva, 7; Shaked, 5.5; Kama Michal, 5.5.


She joined the community a year ago…in order to build the land, to merit from the economic benefits, build the Negev, express Zionist values, and build our home with an incredible and sweet community.


She was attracted to the idea of the community: Immediately!

She heard about the community because: she did national service in the area.

Expectations: obligations towards the place, building a society of quality which influences its surroundings.

What do you think is the most attractive quality of the project? A feeling of shared endeavor, a shared spiritual labor. There is a lot of strength in our group, a sense of vivacity.

What words characterize the project for you?

Innovation, building a community, a feeling of being together, family, future, shared effort, caring for each other, giving, positivity, connection, ideals.


Hila Nahun-EfratiKama Community

The communal unit is a program to set up and assist young communities made up from across the social spectrum in the socio-geographic periphery of Israel. The program enables young people from all walks of life to receive the tools and guidance to establish a community and reveals to many young people the possibility of an active and leadership lifestyle in Israeli society.

I am "unbiased" although I work in the program; I think that the young communities in Israel can create tangible positive social change in Israeli society and more. There will be more young people like these that can minimize the social and economic gaps between the center of the country and the periphery. And Israeli society will be more solidified and cohesive.

What words characterize the project for you?

Innovation, social change, community building, a feeling of being together, family, future, building the State of Israel, a shared effort, caring for each other, commitment, connection, ideals, modern Zionism.


The project enables the community to "go up a notch" in its productivity in putting projects in action, both those from point of view of the importance of setting up a community and also from the point of view of the projects' importance. The project gives a lot of professional tools, assistance and support without which it would be practically impossible to carry out this project.


Once a week, either Thursday evening or Friday morning, we set aside time for the community. The Community Day begins with a communal meal that different members of the community prepare. We talk about life in the community, make shared decisions and learn together about to concretize social interaction in the community.











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Young Communities, Sustainable Future - Examples of Projects 

·         MiDor LeDor in Sderot and Pe'ima in Beer Sheva are two communities of Russian Speaking Jews from the Caucasian region. The "Safe Passage" project aims to help Caucasian children in their transition from kindergarten to elementary school

·         Kama in Beer Sheva

The program represents a model of cooperation between the community and municipality on building ecological kindergarten

·         Shuva in Moshav Shuva

Helping young people who experienced emotionally crises through integrating them into community

·         El-Ami in Eilat

Project includes working with children with behavioral problems and disabled children.

·         Be-Yachad in Yeruham

Building a Family Center which will provide training, support, advice and guidance for parents

·         Afikey-Orot in Ofakim

Children's Club

·         Hineni in Kiryat Gat

Establishing an Ethiopian Jewish identity center

·         Ve Alitam BaNegev in Mitzpe Ramon

Working with the department of welfare to establish a clubhouse and family center for the local population


Young Communities, Sustainable Future - In the Media


A Presentation on the Negev Funding Coalition and Its Projects

JFNA Articles

Living Social Responsibility   


JFNA University Excursion to Beersheva

Links to Websites of Partners and Young Communities

Shahaff * Rikma (Hebrew) * Gevanim * Keren Kehillot (Hebrew) * Tor Hamidbar


VIEW Young Communities, Sustainable Future POWERPOINT - learn about the different communities, their projects and where they are 

See pictures below of the Beersheva group building their community through social get-togethers

Watch the slide show below of Chanuka celebrations at the Shuva and El Ami young communities

See below for pictures from the December 5 Kiryat Gat Training Day for Young Communities

See here for more pictures from various community celebrations. More being added! 

Federation Involvement

There are currently eight Federations involved in the Negev Funding Coalition's Young Communities, Sustainable Future program, but we're adding more. 

Year Two Members: Federation CJA of Montreal, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, Jewish Federation of Delaware, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Federation of San Diego County, UJA Federation of NY, UJA Federation of Toronto and The Rashi Foundation



What do the philanthropists say?

We'll be posting links and videos showcasing Federation philanthropic involvement. Here you'll be able to learn more about what drives people to invest in this project.