• Organization TypeAdvocacy NGO, Association
  • HeadquartersIsrael
  • Founded2003

Eretz-Ir

Kama Community was established in 2003-2004 by a group of individuals who graduated together from a mixed army and civil service program. After their service ended, they felt a need to make volunteerism and community improvement a part of their lifestyle. They chose to live in Be’er Sheva, and in 2006 established Tor HaMidbar, a nonprofit that would serve as their social action arm, a platform to actively engage in social change – later to become “Eretz-Ir”. Today Kama Community is home to 14 couples and 20 children. Its members work in various social fields – nonprofits, social work, education, and social entrepreneurship, including four members of the management team of Eretz-Ir. Many community members actively participate in Eretz-Ir’s activities as staff and volunteers, as well as comprise its board and steering committees. In 2017 Tor HaMidbar (“Time of The Desert”) changed its name to Eretz-Ir (“Country, City) , reflecting the organization’s growth and expanded mission of enriching cities in all of Israel’s periphery, not only in the Negev Desert.  Eretz-Ir works to show people that the cities in Israel’s periphery are a viable and desirable option when choosing where to live. Eretz-Ir’s Goals: Promote community development in peripheral cities by encouraging local civil activism. Create innovative solutions to social needs by establishing social-business initiatives. Promote quality, diverse employment in the Negev by developing tri-sector partnerships and holistic solutions. Enhance public awareness to the high quality of life that cities in the periphery can offer, attracting and retaining young populations.
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Company Offices

  • Israel (headquarters)
  • Lauder Employment Center, 37 Hativat HaNegev