Beit Elisheva – Mitzpe Ramon
Chair, Shoshana Dann
Community Center, Upper Building,
Entrance from Ein Zik Street
The Beit Elisheva Havura in Mitzpe Ramon started its activities during the Tishrei Holidays, 2010. Our services are conducted in an egalitarian and pluralistic manner, and we welcome visitors. We currently celebrate Shabbat together, with a monthly Shabbaton – Kabbalat Shabbat services usually followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner, and Saturday morning services. In addition, we celebrate other holidays aiming at encouraging collaborations with other groups in town such as a Tu B’Shvat Seder and Shavuot learning. The community center is our current “home”.
The town of Mitzpe Ramon is unique, being situated on the edge of the Ramon Crater, and Israel’s largest nature reserve. One of the common themes upon seeing the crater, is that this is “Ma’asei Bereshit,” where the Creation of the world is evident. The environment entices people to come to the outdoors and feel the awe. The town itself was established in 1956, and in spite of its still-small population (around 6,000), is very heterogeneous in its residents’ backgrounds and expectations.