The KKL-JNF’s Anemone March in Memory of Ofir Libstein
Friday, February 23, 2024
We keep walking. We keep marching. Hanging on to the tenacious blossoms and learning from them how to revitalize.
The march salutes the late Ofir Libstein, one of the founders and initiators of the “DAROM ADOM” (Red South) festival, who was killed in defense of his settlement, Kibbutz Kfar Aza.
Ofir was a visionary and a man of action. He served as head of the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and engaged in a variety of activities.
But he had a special place in his heart for the realization of a dream: To change the northern Negev’s image from the target of missiles to a place of prosperity, beauty, and hope.His dream came true, and
over the years, “Darom Adom” evolved into Israel’s largest nature festival.Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors bear witness to the beauty of the region and its residents.
We shall continue to walk in his path. Join us!
Even a journey of 1,000 kilometers begins with one step.
Following the complex situation in Israel this year, we invite you to march with us at the KKL-JNF’s Anemones March in memory of the late Ofir Libstein who fell defending his home on October 7 in Kfar Aza. Together we will feel more united than ever.
All you have to do is download the “Anemones March” app, share a place and just walk…
The app will count all of our steps from all over the world.
The march will begin on February 23 and continue throughout the weekend (February 23-25)
Waiting to meet you from afar and feel you closer than ever 🌎 ❤️
For details and to download the app:
This project was made possible thanks to the volunteering work done by: Shaked Gordon, Andriy Malish, Guy Michael, Eti Negev, Itai Rosenblatt, Leonid Shlafman, Ella Taborisky
Kibbutz Ruhama – a bit of history:
The first three attempts to settle in Ruhama ended in its abandonment. Only the fourth attempt was crowned with the successful establishment of a permanent settlement, realizing the biblical verse “And I will sow her for myself in the land, and I will have pity on Non-Pitied (lo-Ruhamah)” (Hosea 2: 25). The fourth attempt took place in December 1943, with the arrival of the “Amal” nucleus of the Hashomer Hatzair youth organization, part of the struggle against the “White Book” decrees of the British Mandate, which sought to prevent Jewish settlement in the Negev. In its early days, Ruhama served as the main hub of the Palmach Negev Brigade. From here came the founders of Kibbutz Shuval and Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, which broke ground simultaneously at 11 points in the Negev at the end of Yom Kippur, 1946. The kibbutz was isolated; only following the 1948 Independence War and the construction of the new water line to the Negev was the kibbutz freed from this isolation. About 400 residents live in Ruhama today, earning their living from agriculture and industry.
The March’s start and end points is the Ha-Rishonim Ba-Negev site, where one can see the well dug in 1913. The well has been restored and operates as it once did. On the Ha-Rishonim Ba-Negev site, one can also find a display of tools from the 1950s, armored vehicles and more.
The Shikma Area and Ruhama Ravines:
Autumn, winter and spring cover the Shikma area with green, colorful and spectacular carpets. The loess sediment, where the rains have carved deep ravines bisecting the landscape, forms the topsoil. Under it lies a thick layer of clay, then a layer of red loam and sand. The annual precipitation averages about 400mm. The area abounds with a great variety of desert and Mediterranean vegetation. At this time of the year the fields are painted in various colors from their flowers (anemone, cistus, bee orchids, chrysanthemum, buttercups, iris, drimia maritima, and more). The common animals in the area include dorcas gazelle, hyenas, porcupines, wolves, rabbits, hedgehogs and others. This rich diversity of flora and fauna in the Shikma area is made possible thanks to the uninterrupted “ecological corridor” connecting the Mediterranean and desert regions. This unique area is considered a biosphere that reflects harmonious existence of communities and sustainable nature, maintaining a constant balance, and in pursuit of a greener future.