Jacob’s Historical Tours in Yeruham

Our organization focuses on community tourism, fostering Jewish and Israeli identity among Russian speakers in the northern Negev, documentation, archiving, and promoting co-existence with the local Bedouin society. We have experienced a substantial income drop post-war and we need help to continue our operations.

My impact loan status:

$27,146 / $27,146
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What I need help with

Due to a decline in our own income in community tourism after the Iron Swords war, we’re grappling with a shortfall of approximately 400,000 NIS. The requested loan is crucial to sustain the organization’s existence and ongoing operations. 

About my business

The Atid Association in the desert, founded three decades ago, has an overarching goal: to contribute to an open, culturally diverse, and inclusive Israeli society, reinforcing a multifaceted Israeli and Jewish identity. We focus on these key areas: Community Tourism (Social-Educational), facilitating intergenerational meetings in the northern Negev, archiving the founders’ stories in the local archive, and enhancing relations with Bedouin society through joint educational ventures.

About me

I’m Jacob Shmol, born in 1949 and educated in a religious framework in Jerusalem. I served in an elite unit and graduated from Hebrew University. My military service included participation in the War of Attrition, the Yom Kippur War, and the First Lebanon War.

Throughout my career, I’ve held key roles such as Director of the Central and Southern District at the Nature Reserves Authority, as well as managing tourism development in the Negev. I also served with the Jewish Agency, overseeing tourist areas in Mitzpe Ramon and the Ayelot region, and managing the Atid Association in the Midbar.

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