Biblical History, Renewal and Islamic Culture in the Negev.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The last day of the KKL France Israel Today and Tomorrow
delegation’s visit to Israel focused on Be'er Sheva, the Negev's capital, and the Gaza border city of Sderot. The delegation visited Abraham’s Well, the Museum of Islamic Culture and Nahal Be'er Sheva Park, among other sites.
Lilach Nagid, head of the Old City Authority, received the guests and noted that every year hundreds of thousands of visitors visit Be'er Sheva, which has been experiencing increased development over the past years. The members of the group began their visit at Abraham’s Well, which is located on the banks of the Beersheba stream and next to the gates to the old city, a heritage site that tells Abraham’s story and was built with the support of JNF USA.
From there, the group proceeded to an impressive and rich inter-cultural experience at the Museum of Islamic Culture. Another group from the mission visited the Carasso Science Park where they were exposed, through interactive multimedia displays and activities, to a variety of subjects from the world of science and technology.
At Nahal Beersheva (Beersheba River) Park
, the visitors were impressed by the expansive park, which was once a neglected and polluted area and is now a beautiful green park, with lawns, landscaping, an amphitheater for events, a sports center and an artificial lake that is in the course of being built. Yair Nagid took the group for a guided walk through the park and explained how the site has made a real change in the quality of life, leisure culture and economic standard of the city’s residents.
Amir Mazor, director of the KKL-JNF Negev Mountain and Arava region, told the guests how KKL-JNF developed the park thanks to the support of its friends throughout the world
, and emphasized that all the water used for irrigation and for the artificial lake comes from recycled effluents, thanks to the water reservoirs built by KKL-JNF in the region.
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