Desert Educational Experience
Keren Kolot is an educational institution dedicated to the development
of new avenues for Jewish learning and expression. Our staff plans
educational modules and longer programs for various populations.
We are located at Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava.
What follows is a sample of the programs we offer:
We provide 5-7 day modules that combine nature hikes, kibbutz
experience, informal education, home hospitality, evening activities
and a visit to Eilat. Programs that we offer youth groups and students
from Israel and from abroad include: “Lech Lecha: The Never Ending
Story of the Jews and their Land”, Desert Responses: Jewish and
Zionist Perspectives,” “Pluralism, Tradition and the Kibbutz Community,”
“Freedom and Responsibility,” and “Judaism and the Environment.”
Seminars for New Immigrants:
We have designed and implemented an “Introduction to Judaism and
Zionism” for immigrants with a basic command of Hebrew. The program
consists of one study day a week over the course of two months.
In addition, groups of immigrants from Ethiopia and the C.I.S. come
for weekend visits. The participants are introduced to issues of
Jewish expression, Zionism and Kibbutz life.
A seminar for youth movement madrichim from Israel and abroad.
Israeli youth groups and incoming tourists visit the Kibbutz Ketura
experimental orchards for a tour and an activity.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies:
We help plan and coordinate creative Bar and Bat Mitvah Ceremonies
for guests interested in celebrating their simcha in an intimate,
meaningful non conventional way. Such ceremonies can take place
in the kibbutz synagogue or in the desert and can be complimented
by other components of our guest and educational services.
For tourists from Israel and abroad “on the way to Eilat”: We have
developed a number of activities appropriate for visitors from abroad
and for youth groups. The unique activity and accompanies the kibbutz
tour presents the democratic process on kibbutz and requires the
participant to come to terms with issues of ideology and Jewish
identity. We have conducted this half-day module for tens of thousands
of youth and adults in the past few years.
The Keren Kolot Educational Staff specializes in designing seminars
on Judaism, Desert and Kibbutz. We would be happy to offer and seminar
that relates to your specific needs.
Each of our seminars includes the following components:
Text studies (traditional sources and modern thinkers), group activities,
home hospitality, desert nature hikes and regional trips. Kibbutz
Ketura provides kosher meals, rooms, and study space in the kibbutz’s
cultural center. We plan every seminar together with the educators
accompanying the group in order to answer to the specific group’s
needs, including hikes in the Northern Negev, the Judean Desert,
the Eilat Mountains and the city of Eilat.
Room and board:
We are happy to host organized groups interested in spending a
night or several days with us without and accompanying seminar.
We also offer packed lunches for hikes, barbecues by the pool and
For more information, contact Leah Kayman at Keren Kolot, Kibbutz
Ketura, D. N. Elot, 88840, 08-6356658/9 (tel.) 08-6356465 (fax)
or by email: Kerenkolot@ketura.ardom.co.il
For more information visit our web site at www.keren-kolot-israel.co.il
For more information about the jewelry and artwork sold in the Lobby, visit the artists' web site at: ketura-desert-studios.com