Kibbutz Zikim is a quiet family orientated homely setting just ideal for raising a family away from the hustle bustle of city life.
A warm Kibbutz community with local pre-primary school and small medical centre, friends galore and community functions to keep the closeness tight.
A small slice of heaven. Just one problem! The Kibbutz is one and a half kilometres from the Gaza border. The entrance shows off a Channukia made from recycled mortar shells that have fallen on the kibbutz.
The traditional cover-time from hearing the siren to reaching the bomb shelter is between 5 and 15 seconds, being so very close to the border. At Zikim an upgraded play ground is planned and this is a JNF South Africa project. A circular design divided into 4 quadrants for different age groups and a central bomb shelter with 4 entrances for immediate access is planned.
A mom with 3 children, under the current situation, needs to collect her 3 children and run at least 200 m to the nearest bomb shelter underground - a near impossibility depending on the children’s ages.
The new play centre will have state of the art play equipment for various ages and stages of development, soft rubber flooring and the secure central structure of the shelter.
Your contribution will help send an underprivileged Israeli child to summer camp in the
South Africa forest in Israel. Contribute to part or all of the 3 week period of the camp.
R160.00 covers one child for one day. You can sponsor as many individual days as you wish.
The JNF Bricha (Escape) Trail is the new project adopted by the JNF of South Africa. The commemorative trail is located in the Carmel Forest of Northern Israel and is three kilometres long. It is an educational project and includes observation points and explanatory signs along the way which tell the history of the heroic Bricha Movement.
Founded by Abba Kovner and other surviving partisans of Vilna, the Bricha Movement began operating in July 1945 and was active in organising the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe to what was to become the State of Israel, until its founding. It is estimated that 300 000 people reached Israel this way.
The Bricha Movement had to negotiate border crossings, create forged documents, establish transit camps and care for the refugees whom they were transporting. Upon reaching the European coasts, clandestine ships awaited them as arranged by the Aliyah Bet organization. One example was the Exodus ship. The refugees having crossed Poland, Czechoslovakia and southern Germany and reached the French coast, boarded the Exodus, set sail for Haifa and were tragically refused entry by the British and forced to return to Europe and to an internment camp in Cyprus. Members of the Bricha movement however overcame this refusal and successfully helped these bereft, heroic Jews to arrive in Israel by sea.