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David Ben Gurion’s Negev: Israel’s Now-Blossoming, No-Longer-Forgotten, Backyard

In this episode, we uncover the remarkable life and legacy of David Ben Gurion, a towering figure in Israeli history whose visionary leadership continues to shape the nation to this day. From his humble beginnings to his pivotal role in founding the State of Israel, we explore his incredible achievements. We also reflect on Ben Gurion’s profound vision for the Negev, Israel’s once “forgotten backyard,” that is now flourishing but still faces ongoing challenges as we strive to perpetuate his vision and commitment.

In “something for the road,” Shira Kleinman, J2’s Tour Educator and Senior Project Manager, shares her favorite Israeli radio station and her favorite Israeli artist.



A family vacation to Israel. An adventure of a lifetime traveling with friends to Morocco. A  trip to Poland or Portugal with your community. What do these trips have in common? No matter where you go, you will come back with a fresh perspective and appreciation of the place you visited as well as a heightened awareness of your identity as part of the global Jewish community. 


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