Who We  Are

 

Atid Bamidbar grapples with the lack of solidarity and sense of belonging among Israel's various “tribes.” Believing that diversity is a source of strength, we showcase populations whose stories are not well known in the Israeli mainstream, and create connections between individuals, groups, organizations, and municipalities in the Negev and beyond.

 

We use effective tools of documentation and dissemination of stories and cultural traditions, community-based tourism, and joint socioeconomic action to empower the Negev’s marginal groups, bridge cultural gaps, promote intergroup acquaintance and collaboration, and create a more inclusive Jewish and Israeli story.  

Mission & Vision

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We are based in Yeroham. Our name is an amalgam of Hebrew-language acronyms for two grassroots social-change NGOs that combined forces:  

 

  • ATID—Friends for Documentation of Yeroham’s Generations 

  • BAMIDBAR—Center for Creative Jewish Study 

 

ATID was formally founded in 1990 to document and disseminate the stories of Yeroham’s diverse residents and communities, bring communities and generations together, and emphasize their heretofore unappreciated contribution—and those of other development towns—to the flourishing of the Negev and Israel.

 

After Prime Minister Rabin’s assassination in 1995, Israeli society seemed to be breaking apart along the volatile fissures of religious and political divisions. It was then that BAMIDBAR was established to serve as a regional center for personal encounters across the divisions and for joint learning and engagement with our shared Jewish heritage.  Study and activities were integrated with the arts and social-educational projects. Our programs attracted secular, traditional, religious and even ultra-Orthodox participants from the Negev and the Arava via tens of study and cultural-event formats.

 

The two frameworks became one in name, mission, and vision in 2004 and work currently in four core areas—Community, Culture, Identity; Programs With Russian Speakers; Incubator for Bedouin-Jewish Initiatives; and Community-Based Tourism. All our activities are aimed at personally, culturally, and socioeconomically empowering the people of our town and the Negev region and strengthening the ties between them.

Our Story

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Our Team

Deborah Goldman Golan

Deborah Goldman Golan

President and Co-founder

Shai Ben-Tal

Shai Ben-Tal

Director
Community-Based Tourism

Irena Kudman

Irena Kudman

Director
Programs With Russian Speakers

Yaakov Shmul

Yaakov Shmul

CEO

Yael Agmon

Yael Agmon

Director
Incubator for Bedouin-Jewish Initiatives

Gitit Chodede

Gitit Chodede

Office Manager

Orly Reicher

Orly Reicher

Director
Community, Culture, Identity

Neta Tsahor

Neta Tsahor

Coordinator
White Hill Farm and "Youth Home" at Rahma School

Netanela Tsahor

Netanela Tsahor

Coordinator
Information, Bookings, and Customer Relations