Merchav Am

To us in Western Australia, Allison Speiser is the face and voice of Merchav Am. It was great to be able to visit her on her territory! She kindly met me at Yad Vashem and drove me the two hours down to the yishuv in the Negev.

Merhav Am – Wikipedia

Merhav Am (Hebrew: מֶרְחַב עַם‎, lit. Nation’s Expanse) is a religious community settlement in southern Israel. Located in the Negev desert between Yeruham and the kibbutz of Sde Boker, it falls under the jurisdiction of Ramat HaNegev Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 333.[1]


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Reaching our destination

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The playground,  kindergarten and shul

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The Community Centre

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On the way back to Beersheva

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Merchav Am

It’s been three years since JNF WA began its partnership with Merchav Am. From a dusty desert yishuv with no green spaces, to the signature JNF WA Playground and landscaping and garden areas for the Community and Early Learning Centres, the first phase of our long-term partnership is fully funded and almost complete. This community, deep


Allison Speiser on Merchav Am

Further to my last post, please watch this video of Allison Speiser speaking about her community, Merchav Am in the Negev.

This one of the inspiring presentations given at JNF WA’s Annual Event at the Jewish Centre, Perth on 9 November 2014: