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About Keshet

A workframe for Civil Entrepreneurship in Mitzpe Ramon & the Negev Highlands

A group of residents in 1999 founded Keshet as a non-governmental organization (NGO). Keshet serves as a supportive framework for initiatives and projects designed to respond and provide solutions to multiple communal, cultural, and environmental challenges. As such, Keshet contributes to the empowerment of a united – though by no means uniform – community, as well as developing the Negev Highlands into a prosperous and sustainable area. The association’s activities focus on the areas of environment, society, education and art, which lead the association to act and promote issues that have a broad impact on the natural environment and the diverse communities located in the Negev Hןighlands region.

We, at Keshet, believe that the involvement of the members of the association along with residents of the area, is significant, calls for extensive collaborations within the fields of activity of the association.

As Keshet successfully has prompted both social and environmental changes, its positive image and reputation grew. Consequently, Keshet has received both recognition and support from a wide range of governmental and social offices, and its activities serve as an example of local civic leadership.

Keshet seeks to serve as a supportive framework for local initiatives and projects in Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev Highlands in the following areas:

  • Community and education – empowering the local communities.
  • Culture – the arts, music, poetry, dance and sports.
  • Environment – Maintaining natural resources and promoting sustainable development.

To view the association’s bylaws, click here

  • Michali Be’eri, chairwoman of Audit Committee
  • Rachel Gilad Volner, Audit Committee Member.

Keshet faithfully complies with all legal requirements in Israeli law for the administration of a not-for-profit association. Therefore, donations to Keshet are tax-exempt under section 46A of the Israeli Tax Code and classified under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. It retains a Confirmation of Proper Administration Certificate from the Companies & Associations Regulator, Ministry of Justice. Its approved annual reports and returns for the last ten years are available (in Hebrew) on the website of GuideStar Israel

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Executive Board

Efrat Kedem Silbert

Efrat Kedem Silbert

Chairwoman

Environmental and social activist – “Man and the Desert;” Educational entrepreneur environmental youth education.

Efrat is a desert tour guide and owner of the “Nature” desert tourism and guiding center. She regularly organizes and produces field trips, both for scientists and the public at large.

“The protection of the environment and the strengthening of the social structure of the Negev Highlands and Mitzpe Ramon communities are vital to me.”

Dria Eylon

Daria Eilon

Board member

Environmental and social activist – “Man and the Desert;” Educational entrepreneur environmental youth education.

Efrat is a desert tour guide and owner of the “Nature” desert tourism and guiding center. She regularly organizes and produces field trips, both for scientists and the public at large.

“The protection of the environment and the strengthening of the social structure of the Negev Highlands and Mitzpe Ramon communities are vital to me.”

Dina Dayan

Dina Dayan

Board member

Environmental and social activist – “Man and the Desert;” Educational entrepreneur environmental youth education.

Efrat is a desert tour guide and owner of the “BATEVA” (in nature) desert tourism and guiding center. She regularly organizes and produces field trips, both for scientists and the public at large.

“The protection of the environment and the strengthening of the social structure of the Negev Highlands and Mitzpe Ramon communities are vital to me.”

Staff

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Ezry Keydar

CEO & Bedouin Culture Preservation Program Leader

Leads and coordinates planning and environment department, as well as the field of Bedouin communities of the Negev Highlands.

Ezry is a project manager in the field of visitor centers and museums and is a partner in a website development studio. Landscape photographer, filmmaker, musician and lover of the desert.

“My leading principle is that there is no limit to the extent of which the land must be protected from the state.”

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Yaakov Almor

Resource Development Manager

In 2019, Yaakov joined the team of the Keshet NGO to strengthen its resource development team.

Yaakov has gained international recognition over the three decades, as a strategic consultant, media person, speaker, editor and project manager in the international diamond industry.

“the activity in the association is an important mission leading to the improvement of the quality of life of all the residents of Mitzpe Ramon and the area.”

Hadar Shacham

Hadar Shaham

Projects department manager

A partner in the resource development team and helps in managing various projects in the association

Hadar is socially active, an activist who has been working over the years for various rights and causes. She organizes events and projects and she is a chemistry student.

“Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet” (alice walker)

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Yael Barolsky

Director of cultural and music projects

Founder and artistic director of the CameruNegev concerts series and “Crater Musicians” events in Ramon Crater.

Yael is an extraordinary violinist who regularly appears in chamber concerts in Israel and Europe, and is a member of the 21st Century Ensemble.

Yael’s direct connection to Mitzpe Ramon and the desert created some of the finest cultural events in the area.

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Dan Gazit

Bedouin Heritage Tourism Enterprise Manager

Manages the “Land of the tents” project of the Bedouin community tourism development.

Dan is a tour guide in South America and in Israel, has a degree in linguistics, loves languages, trips and the desert. He loves people and is happy to contribute to the formation of the Mitzpe Ramon community.

“Simplicity is the key to happiness.”

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Raz Gluzman

LGBTQ Community Project

LGBTQ Community Project Manager

Raz is engaged in environmental-community projects alongside artistic creation, research, teaching and treatment based on body-mind. Graduated with degrees in linguistics, art, education and therapy.

“There is no limit to freedom”

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