Netivot: Looking to be a serious contender

The pioneering mentality is still very much a part of the identity of all inhabitants of Netivot.

By MEIRA NAGEL
August 6, 2016 09:16
Artist Michael Elkayam

Artist Michael Elkayam working in his studio, with his latest work. (photo credit: ANNA NAGEL)

 
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Netivot, a sweltering city and a pilgrimage site that thousands flock to each year, is known for its traditional, spiritual foundation. Netivot, though, wants to be a multifaceted, bustling location brimming with culture and modernity, a serious contender among the other big cities in Israel.

It has gained nationwide stature mainly as the home and now grave of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, fondly dubbed the Baba Sali, a renowned Jewish mystic. The city’s roots are unusual in that the original settlers were deeply religious, traditional immigrants from North Africa, mainly Morocco and Tunisia.

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