JNF Halutza Bnei Netzarim Liaison for Negev Community Development
Travels from Yad Binyamin
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Topics:JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel
Yedidya Harush is the community representative for Israeli residents living on the Gaza-Egypt border in the Halutza region, which was established after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip (Gush Katif) in 2005. Growing up there, Yedidya was recruited to play basketball in the New York Yeshiva league, in a joint effort to help the children and young adults of Gush Katif evacuees lead a normal life while their families and homes were in distress.
Last year, during Operation Protective Edge, when repeated rocket attacks struck southern Israel, Yedidya’s reserve elite IDF unit and Halutza’s residents helped secure the local border and protect the country.
Yedidya is inspired to make Ben Gurion's dream in the Negev a reality. The community faces many challenges in this remote area, and building a medical center is a high priority. Jewish National Fund is building a world-class medical center in Halutza.
Download a prepared introduction for Yedidya Harush yedidya-harush.doc