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The Negev Desert in Action Multipurpose Sports Complex Nitzana Rural Educational Community Nitzana Rural Educational Community Originally established in 1987 as an educational community by Arie (Lova) Eliav.

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The Negev Desert in ActionMultipurpose Sports ComplexNitzana Rural Educational Community


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Nitzana Rural Educational Community

  • Originally established in 1987 as an educational community by Arie (Lova) Eliav.

  • Located two miles from Israel’s peace border with Egypt, and 40 miles S.W. of Beer Sheva.

  • Today, it is:

  • 1. an educational community hosting 15,000 kids annually

  • 2. a first home for young new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia

  • 3. a pioneering ecological village

  • 4. a leading center for extreme sport training


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Nitzana plays a major role in attracting young people to the Negev and strengthening this national priority region:

Thousands of Israeli and Jewish students worldwide participate in the Negev Desert Seminars.

Tens of thousands of Israeli children and tourists learn about sustainable living at the unique Solar Park and Recycling Center.

Hundreds of new immigrants from the FSU and Ethiopia learn Hebrew and prepare for higher education.

Avid sports men and women from Israel and the world over train at Nitzana.

A Pearl in the Desert


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An Ideal Place for Extreme Sport Training the Negev and strengthening this national priority region:

  • Open roads for long distance running and biking.

  • Desert terrain for mountain biking

  • Constant sunshine and dry weather for triathlon and duathlon training.

  • Perfect conditions for orienteering – the sport of navigation.

  • A covered, solar heated swimming pool is open all year round.

  • Rappelling can be tailored to people of all ages.


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Our Educational Sports Activities the Negev and strengthening this national priority region:

Schools, youth movements, soldiers, students on long and short-term programs in Israel, and visitors from all over the world take part in Nitzana’s educational sports activities:

  • Endurance Sports Seminars – studying physiology and the effects of stress

    2. Negev Desert Seminars – experiencing the desert through hiking, mountain climbing, bike riding and rappelling

    3. Orienteering – navigating from one place to another while discovering the unique desert environment.


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International Orienteering competition – participants from Israel, Europe and South America

National Chanukah Health Run

Israel’s Duathlon Championship – running and bicycle riding

Triathlon Training Center – running, bicycle riding and swimming

International long distance biking competitions

Iron Man Competition

National and International Sports Events


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Healing Youth Israel, Europe and South AmericaThe New Rehabilitation Center

  • Nitzana recently opened a rehabilitation center for youth recovering from trauma and physical illness.

  • The 7-10 day program includes many sports activities and:

    -- Gives these children a new lease on life

    -- Builds confidence after their long hospital stay

    -- Helps them to regain their mobile skills

    -- Provides the chance to meet and interact with other children who are in the same situation

    -- Gives them motivation and renewed energy to heal.


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There is no indoor sports center at Nitzana. This greatly limits the sports program.

A new Multipurpose Sports Complex will give Nitzana the opportunity to expand its successful sports program. It will enable to train all day long in desert conditions

With complete handicapped accessibility, the Sports Complex will provide enhanced activities for healing youth, and for physically challenged people.

The Sports Complex will also serve as an auditorium, hosting Village and regional events.

A New Sports Complex will play a major role in the growth of Nitzana and the development of the Negev.

Advancing Our Sports Program


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The Multipurpose Sports Complex limits the sports program.

  • The 1450 sq.m. Multipurpose Sports Complex will be comprised of:

    • A state-of-the-art gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer

    • Bleachers with seating capacity for 500 people

    • A fully-equipped workout room

    • Classrooms

    • Complete handicapped accessibility

    • Connecting passage to the pool and locker room

    • Total cost: $1.5 million


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A limits the sports program.Look From the Outside


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And from the Inside limits the sports program.


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With Your Support, Our Desert Dream Can Become A Reality limits the sports program.

  • The Negev Desert is Israel’s last frontier.

  • Development of this vast area is essential to the State of Israel.

  • Nitzana plays a vital role in strengthening this region.

  • With our help, we can turn Nitzana into a major Sports Center and turn out desert dream into reality.


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