Spotlight on New Projects

This section features the most recent, innovative projects undertaken by KKL-JNF in Israel, with the support of KKL-JNF's Friends and partners worldwide. The special projects featured here promote peaceful coexistence between Israel's many ethnic groups and its natural landscapes.

A Green Spot for Future Tank Commanders at Shizafon

March, 2015

KKL-JNF staff have begun works on a family-soldier meeting point at the Shizafon Armored Corps Base in the southern Negev. The work is being carried out thanks to the support of Friends of JNF Australia.


Family-soldier meeting spot on army base. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

In Israel, every boy and girl, upon reaching the age of eighteen is drafted into the army for a two or three year period of compulsory military service. In many cases they serve far from home and often do not see their families for extended periods of time. Many of the bases have family visiting days on weekends, but do not have the facilities to accommodate them all.

As one of its many projects for the benefit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers throughout the country, KKL-JNF establishes family meeting places at army bases, many of which are located in distant areas. These provide pleasant, shady spots, with picnic tables where families can meet their loved ones doing their military service.

The Shizafon base is one of five bases the United States established after the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai in 1982. The base is the main armored corps training base and houses 3500 soldiers at any one time. On weekends, some 1000 soldiers remain on the base, and many families come to visit.

Until now, the major IDF Armored Corps Base at Shizafon in the southern Negev has had to limit the number of visiting families on Shabbat due to the lack of space. The family-soldier meeting point being developed by KKL-JNF at the entrance to the Shizafon base will remedy this situation.


New shaded walkway at Shizafon. Photo: KKL-JNF

Besides being enlarged, the area is being enhanced with distinctive environmental features. The driveway to the entrance of the base will be lined with date palm trees, a boulevard of which will continue the length of the base's main road. The planned meeting place itself will be a veritable oasis in the desert, a respite for soldiers meeting with their families, particularly on weekends. Pergolas with seating will be placed between the tree-shaded areas. The species of trees chosen for planting will be water-saving, fast growing and environmentally suited to the region.

Other elements will include a paved parking area, picnic tables, trashcans, water fountains, shade pergolas, a playground, landscaping and irrigation. The IDF has undertaken to build lavatories at the site.

Previous Project Spotlilghts

Visual Displays at the Historic Beit Eshel

Visual Displays at the Historic Beit Eshel

Staff in KKL-JNF's southern region have recently began laying the foundations for a series of signs and visual displays at the historic Beit Eshel complex in Beersheva River Park.
 

Perimeter Security Road around Neta-Mirsham

Perimeter Security Road around Neta-Mirsham

KKL-JNF has recently finished building a security road around Moshav Neta Mirsham in the Lachish region. The project will serve to reinforce and protect the moshav, which is situated very close to Israel's border with the Palestinian Authority.

Landscaping for New Visitor & Heritage Center in Kibbutz Alumim

Landscaping for New Visitor & Heritage Center in Kibbutz Alumim

KKL-JNF is landscaping the new Visitor & Heritage Center at Kibbutz Alumim. The center presents the story of the veteran Kibbutz Be'erot Yitzhak and its Zionist pioneers in the Negev from the 1940s until today.

Repairing Roads Damaged in Operation Protective Edge

Repairing Roads Damaged in Operation Protective Edge

KKL-JNF begins repairing roads damaged in Operation Protective Edge around Western Negev communities.

New Ramon Airport in Timna is Taking Wing

New Ramon Airport in Timna is Taking Wing

KKL-JNF, in cooperation with the Israel Airports Authority, has just begun building a new airport near Timna.

Nir Am and Nir Oz Road to the Dairy

Nir Am and Nir Oz Road to the Dairy

KKL-JNF builds an access road to the joint dairy established by two kibbutzim near the Gaza border; Nir Am and Nir Oz, for safe access, better milk and happier cows.

Katzrin-Mikulov Park, a Twin City Green Spot

Katzrin-Mikulov Park, a Twin City Green Spot

Gan Mikulov, a new park for the residents of Katzrin, with thanks to friends of KKL-JNF in the Czech Republic.