The Vidor Center – A Window to Agriculture in the Arava
The Vidor Family Visitors' Center was inaugurated at an official ceremony attended by honorees Ervin and Lottie Vidor of Australia. The interactive experience the center offers gives visitors the opportunity to learn about desertification, Arava flora and fauna, and the development of communities and agriculture in the region.
“Many Israelis don’t know what’s going on in the Arava, and this is an opportunity to show them the wonderful things that are being done here,” said Ervin Vidor. “Being here and seeing everything the residents of the Arava have accomplished is an experience that makes one feel both humble and grateful,” he told those present at the inauguration ceremony.
The center, which is located at the Yair Agricultural Research and Development Station, was established with the support of KKL-JNF’s Friends in Australia, Israeli government ministries, the Israel Government Tourist Corporation and other partners. It is dedicated to members of the Vidor family of Sydney, Australia, in recognition of their long-standing support for Israel in general, and for environmental initiatives in the Arava in particular.
“Despite its harsh climate, the Arava has become the jewel in the crown of Israeli agriculture,” said Menachem Leibovic, Vice Chairman of KKL-JNF. “When one considers the sparse rainfall and the small number of people who live there, it really is a modern miracle. I’m sure that the new center will attract farmers and visitors from both Israel and abroad and encourage them to study together, conduct experiments, and enrich the world.”
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