The Overseas Visitors' and New Immigrants Unit

The Negev offers the Jews their greatest opportunity to accomplish everything for themselves from the very beginning. This is a vital part of our redemption in Israel. For in the end, as man gains mastery over Nature he gains it also over himself. That is the sense, and not a mystical but a practical one, in which I define our redemption here. ”

David Ben-Gurion, Recollections


The Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute was authorized by the Ben-Gurion law (1976), to instill the heritage of this important leader and introduce different audiences to his outlooks.  The Institute emphasizes the relevance of David Ben-Gurion's vision today in the fields of Zionism, Jewish identity, statism, an exemplary society, leadership, development and settlement of the Negev and the vision of the IDF's mission. The educational team of the Institute works with many various groups such as IDF units, educators, pupils, new immigrants, overseas visitors and the general public. Our belief is that Ben-Gurion's vision can assist in the social and Zionist challenges facing Israeli society and the Jewish world today. For more up to date information on the Negev …..

In the framework of the Institute's work, we are also responsible for the running of the site of the Desert home of David and Paula Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker.  The desert home has remained as it was when David Ben-Gurion passed away and visiting the home is a learning experience on the leadership of Ben-Gurion, his outlook, love for the Negev and sense of mission and pioneering.  A separate hut adjoining the desert home contains an exhibition on his life, work and mission with emphasis on the vision of the Negev and his life in Kibbutz Sde Boker. There is a new movie at the entrance to the desert home called "Ben-Gurion hosting…." in Hebrew and English.   Here is a trailer on the movie….


For details and more information.

Esther Suissa – Head of Overseas Visitors' Unit 054-3059256

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