(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Arie “Lova” Eliav (1921-2010) was one of the last of Israel’s state-builders. He also established the Nitzana Educational Community on the Egyptian border, where KKL-JNF supports many projects for immigrants, disabled and ill children, African refugees and more. Last Thursday, the Nitzana village was named for Lova, fulfilling a dream of his many friends and associates.
"If you say Nitzana, it's as if you said KKL-JNF." David Palmach, head of the Nitzana Educational Community, which is located in the Negev near the Egyptian border, was speaking on Thursday, February 28, at a ceremony at which Nitzana was renamed the Arye Eliav Nitzana Educational Community in honor of Arye Lova Eliav, who helped establish the community. Over a thousand national service volunteers and pre-military academy students from all over Israel spent the day touring the Negev and learning about the two Zionist leaders who put the Negev at the top of their priority list, David Ben Gurion and Lova Eliav. In the afternoon, Lova's friends and colleagues recalled this unique pioneer in the presence of his wife, Tania, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
During the day, the national service volunteers and other young people spent the day at various places in the Negev, including KKL-JNF sites at Yeruham Lake, Sde Boker, Golda Park, and more.
A group of adults, some of them acquaintances of Lova Eliav, toured Nitzana and learned about its different programs. At Beit Uri, the main office building that was built with the assistance of KKL-JNF, the group met Alex, Olla and Natalie, 17-year old immigrants who are studying at Nitzana. All three young people said that they would be going into the army after Nitzana, and then continuing to the university. The group was very impressed and offered to host the new immigrants at their homes for weekends and holidays. Olla thanked them graciously but said that "Nitzana is really like a home for us, and we love being here with our friends and counselors."
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