Against All Odds: Building the Desert
A Westchester Community Event with Yedidya Harush

Image of child in yellow shirt holding Israeli flag behind him in the wind.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

7:30 PM

Motzei Shabbos


 Beth El Synagogue Center

1324 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804 


This event will be held in person and has a virtual option.

About Our Event

Join Jewish National Fund-USA and Beth El Synagogue Center for a Westchester community event with Yedidya Harush, liaison for Negev Community Development in Halutza. Hear from this living, breathing pioneer about what it means to truly live your Zionism through the development of Israel’s Negev Desert. You’ll also learn about how you can help actualize the Zionist vision today, even from the US.

David Ben-Gurion famously stated that the future of Israel is in the Negev. Yet 90% of Israel’s population is concentrated in the country’s crowded center. JNF-USA’s Blueprint Negev strategy invests in the regional growth and economic development of Israel’s southern region, including Halutza, which sits on the border of Gaza and Egypt. Halutza was a barren desert – sand dunes were its most prominent feature – but in cooperation with JNF-USA, Halutza’s pioneers (Halutzim) are building Israel’s future. Despite the challenges of living in this volatile border region where there was once nothing but sand, Halutza residents have built an oasis of community and economic growth fueling the development of the Negev.


IMPORTANT: The host venue for this event requires a COVID Vaccination Attestation

form to be completed. Please fill out the form HERE in time for the event.

Featuring Guest Speaker


Yedidya Harush

JNF-USA’s Halutza Liaison for Negev Community Development


As JNF-USA’s Halutza Liaison for Negev Community Development, Yedidya Harush works to cultivate an underdeveloped region in Israel’s southwestern corner into a thriving community. During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Harush and his reserve elite IDF unit played a critical role in securing the border and protecting the country.

More Information

Rebecca Zimilover, Director, Westchester and Southern Connecticut
[email protected] or 212.879.9305 x510

In Partnership With


JNF–USA events adhere to all CDC guidelines, as well as State and Federal regulations. Please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Please wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout the event. JNF–USA requires all staff to be vaccinated and encourages all patrons and donors to adhere to all CDC guidelines regarding vaccination and wearing masks.