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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Deer Only Here for the Beer!


Israel’s Ayalim (‘Deer’) Association encourages young immigrants to live in the country’s less populated areas in the Galilee and the Negev.  

Indeed, when the association was established 14 years ago, it was hoped that it would help to spark a nationwide social revolution based on the pioneering tradition of the state’s founding fathers.

Now more than 1,000 people live in 11 Ayalim student villages, helping to renovate neglected neighbourhoods.

AYELIM.14On Wednesday, about  150 students from several northern towns including Acco, Kiryat Shmona and Menechamia gathered in Karmiel, western Galilee for a full-day volunteering session followed by an evening relaxing at the city’s second annual beer festival where they enjoyed local brews and a rock concert.


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The day was part-sponsored by ESRA Karmiel (English Speaking Residents’ Association) with a donation towards the cost of the t-shirts worn by participating students. After  work, ESRA Karmiel chairman,  Brian Fink and his committee visited the Ayalim Village which is managed by Roiy Frenkel with his wife, Miri.

My pictures show students and ESRA members at the village and later, students enjoying the festival and concert. 



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© Natalie Wood (10 March 2016)

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