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.

Visual Displays at the Historic Beit Eshel

February, 2015

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.


Map of Beit Eshel key attractions

Beit Eshel is a site of great historical and cultural importance from the early Zionist period. It was established by Holocaust survivors from Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany in the Negev desert in 1943. Located 2 km southeast of Beersheva, served as one of three outposts and lookout towers. Its residents were tasked with researching the viability of agriculture in the area based on climate analysis and the availability of water, among other factors.  Here was where the Jewish settlers defended the southern border from Egyptian attack during the War of Independence in 1948. 

Beit Eshel is one of fifty sites chosen by KKL-JNF and the Council for the Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites in Israel for preservation. KKL-JNF, together with its friends worldwide, has undertaken extensive restoration work at the complex.

Now, thanks to friends of JNF-KKL Germany, KKL-JNF has begun laying the foundations for a series of visual displays and sign-posts directing visitors around the site and telling the heroic story of this unique site. The work includes digging the foundations and preparing bases for signs, setting up bilateral display wall, preparing a series of elevated concrete bases and wooden posts, as well as entrance signs and safety signs.

With the support of its friends in Canada, KKL-JNF has already developed a park around the Beit Eshel historical remnants, including its buildings, trenches, bunkers, and shelters built to protect the community during Israel's War of Independence. The project also emphasizes the function of Beit Eshel as an experimental agricultural center. Some features, such as the well and some of the buildings, were restored to their original condition, while others were left as relics. Facilities include paths and a picnic area. Regional KKL-JNF offices and other administrative functions are housed in the new buildings outside the core area, but blend in with the architectural style of the existing structures. The entire facility is fully accessible to people with disabilities.

The 75-acre (30-hectare) site is also the main entrance gate to Beersheva River Park, an ecological park that covers an area of 5,200 dunams, 8km long, on both banks of the Nahal Beersheva riverbed.

These sites make history come alive and provide the younger generation with an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the rebirth of the Jewish state.


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