Nitzana Educational Eco-Village

Students at Nitzana looking off into the desertThe Jewish Agency for Israel ©

A cutting-edge desert community and educational center that fosters environmentalism, tolerance, and self-confidence. Nitzana is home to many Jewish Agency Social Activism projects.

At the Nitzana Educational Eco-Village, young people of all backgrounds from Israel and elsewhere come together for educational experiences that change them, and the environment, for the better. 

Located in the western Negev, Nitzana integrates environmentalism and ecology into its programs, which include a wide array of social activism programs, such as:

  1. The Derech Eretz Mechinah (post-high school service-learning) where Israelis advance their leadership skills and communal responsibility before joining their national service. 
  2. Nitzana Solar Park, a collection of scientific installations that draws thousands of schoolchildren each year to learn about renewable energy and recycling.
  3. A rehabilitation center for children recovering from trauma and illness.
  4. Tikkun Olam, a boarding school refugee teenagers from Eritrea, with its own educational team, run in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
  5. MIR-Selah, an academic preparatory course and Masa Israel Journey program for potential olim from the former Soviet Union.

Nitzana website