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HEMDAT

 

The original community of Hemdat was established in 1979 as a location for the Nahal garin of “Yabok” which shortly began a kibbutz of Shomer HaTsair and Tsofim. Because of the difficult physical conditions, including its relatively isolated location, Hemdat was soon turned over to the army with guard duty being carried out by Nahal.

 

In 1997, when the army declared its intention of leaving the location, it was decided to create a pre-army training program, mechina, and, in order to maintain a Jewish presence and prevent the Bedouin from taking it over; Amana organized a group from the Eli mechina to take up residence there. One young pioneering family agreed to accompany the young men.

 

Today 29 religious families make their home in Hemdat alongside the 90 young men learning in the mechina, with many of them working in the community as well in the areas of education, security, engineering and clerical work. The residents come from kibbutzim, cities and development towns.

 

Located on the scenic Alon Highway, between the communities of Roe’i, Bekaot and Rotem, Hemdat benefits from pleasant breezes in the summer and comfortable crispness in the cooler months.

 

The only religious rule among the religiously diverse residents is that Shabbat should be strictly observed in all public areas.

 

While the day care center is divided into two groups according to age, the kindergarten is a multi-aged group. Elementary school children learn in neighboring Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu.

 

In the afternoons, children can choose from art, music and martial arts groups. There is also the possibility of going to activities in nearby communities. Similarly there is organized transportation for students learning at the university in Ariel and public transportation to the campuses in Jerusalem or Michlelet Tsemach.

 

Part of the rich community life in Hemdat includes ceremonies and get togethers for holidays and other occasions.

 

Community facilities include a synagogue and a Beit Midrash. Residents travel to the medical clinic in either Meholah or Bet Shean.

 

Travel times:Jerusalem is an hour and a quarter away with Bet Shean a mere 30 minutes drive and public transportation available three times a day.

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