CAARI DAY 7 EILAT TO TELAVIV Sunday 18 January 2015

Our departure day went flawlessly. All 12 CAARI participants were on time for our 8:30 departure after loading up the minibus. We heard from Mark Weiss and Barbara Kuhn about their experiences in Petra on Saturday. We arrived at Zukim an exceptional community the only community that is not a Moshav in the Central Arava Regional council where there are 6 communities and about 3000 people. in the first 3 pictures we meet Shlomo Heller who is the deputy mayor of Zukim. He gave us background on the 11 years of Zukims development and the JNF KKL support.

This is the present artists studios that are being made in the older abandoned buildings from the IDF Nahal brigade that tried to build and settle this area in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Thanks to the Safir Society the Major Women Donors of the JNF of America Zukim was blessed with support that became sustainable and created the community.
Here is a picture of the CAARI group on the playgroud and dediction stone where the first picture was taken in 2002 that appears in American Independence Park whcih was the dedication ceremony.
Here are some pictures of the artist quarters being fixed up from the bandodned buolding from 20 years ago

Our last 3 pictures are of the original 50 houses build in Zukim taken to the north and to the south

Our next stop was an hour drive to Mitzpeh Ramon overlooking the Machtesh(Erosive Crater) 
Pictured below are a guitar player and singer that seranaded us while an explanation was given on the Mt Gamal overlook pictured below.


The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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