A New Educational Center Inaugurated at Ben-Gurion’s Home

An upgraded educational compound and a film presentation were inaugurated on Sunday (August 14th, 2011) at Ben-Gurion’s Desert Home in Kibbutz Sde Boker.

KKL_160811_G (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL_160811_G
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
An upgraded educational compound and a film presentation were inaugurated on Sunday (August 14th, 2011) at Ben-Gurion’s Desert Home in Kibbutz Sde Boker. Both the compound and the film production were funded by donations from Friends of JNF in Ottawa, Canada at the 2009 Negev Dinner, which was held in honor of Sara Vered and in memory of her late husband Zeev Vered.
The educational compound comprises four instruction centers where visitors will gather to learn about the site and the legacy of this Israeli leader. The film presentation allows viewers to meet Ben-Gurion at his home in Sde Boker and listen to his account of historic events in the annals of the State and his own life. The screenplay uses David Ben-Gurion’s own words to describe eight historic scenes. Particular emphasis is placed on his special relationship with the Negev and his vision of settling it and making the desert bloom.
The inauguration of the education compound began with a tour of the site, which gave the guests an opportunity to learn something of Ben-Gurion’s character. The modest cabin where he lived provides a rare glimpse into aspects of his life inaccessible through books or the Internet.
Over 80,000 people visit Ben-Gurion’s cabin every year. Among them are large numbers of soldiers, students, tourists and families. Now, thanks to the new KKLinstruction center, these visits will become an unforgettable learning experience.
Paula and David Ben-Gurion’s cabin at Kibbutz Sde Boker has been preserved just as it was on the day of his death in 1973. The guard hut nearby contains an exhibition documenting Ben-Gurion’s close connection with the Negev, while the courtyard  hosts three activity centers focusing on his links with KKL-JNF: a sand map, two relief maps of the Negev and a rope game.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Sara Vered, together with a large group of family members from both Israel and Canada. Many friends and supporters from both countries were also in attendance.