Meet the community of Beer Sheva

What do we offer?

Beersheba, the Negev’s capital, is seen in the eyes of many as a way station for other destinations in the Negev. However, without much fanfare, Be’er Sheva is in the midst of an incredible transformation and it’s story is very relevant for the development of the Negev.

We offer the opportunity to explore one of the oldest and most stigmatized neighborhoods in Beersheba, schuna dalet, through the lens of community driven social change.  Beginning with a conversation with an elderly resident and discussing the history of the neighborhood and how it got its stigma, the tour will then look more deeply at the the influence, both positive and negative that students and young residents are having on the neighborhood due to their lives there and what the future hold for the neighborhood and the city as a whole.

Beersheba

On the University steps, Beersheba

Tour details:
  • Group size – up to 40 people.
  • The tour – an hour and a half.
  • Age – 16+.
  • We also offer a talk that can be integrated with a social worker who works with at-risk youth. They do this by providing employment as part of the social business located in the neighborhood “Cafe Ringelblum”.
  • In addition, it is possible to order a meal at Cafe Ringelblum (kosher dairy restaurant)

Old City Tour through social entrepreneurship in Beersheba

Beersheba

Old City Beersheba

In recent years, social businesses, are increasingly attracting entrepreneurs looking to combine profit and social change. Beersheba’s Old City is a breeding ground for these businesses and allows many opportunities for entrepreneurs. The tour will take you inside different social businesses and you will have the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in Beersheba.

In addition, the tour can be combined with a lunch at a local soup kitchen which opened a social business providing hot meals and a conversation with the director of the organization and the volunteers who work with economically distressed  population of the city and how they teach them how break the cycle of poverty and provide for themselves.

Tour details:
  • Group size – up to 40 people.
  • The tour – an hour and a half.
  • Age – 16+.
  • Beer Sova (kosher meat meal)

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LGBTQ in Beersheba

Tel Aviv is recognized internationally as a gay friendly destination, however, outside of Tel Aviv the situation is much more complicated. In this experience, you will meet with the founder of the only LGBTQ friendly pub in the Negev, for a conversation on gay rights in the periphery and challenges they face.

Tour details:
  • Group size – up to 40 people.
  • The tour – an hour and a half.
  • Age – 16+.
  • Groups over 18 can order beer 

Who are we?

Kama has been established over 10 years ago by a group of young people who had served together in the Nachal Youth Movement. Their vision was to develop an intentional community in Beersheba, the Negev with the purpose of helping improve the community from within.

In 2006, Tor HaMidbar was established as the nonprofit arm of the Kama Community. Tor HaMidbar serves to create social change on a larger scale through its projects.

Based in the Dalet Neighborhood of Beersheba, Tor HaMidbar now runs projects throughout Be’er Sheva and Israel. Therefore, Kama Community members see the organization as the way to realize their shared vision of social change and to create a community based upon mutual responsibility.