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Founded in 1990, Atid Bamidbar works to promote a more inclusive Israeli society by connecting Jews of all backgrounds (primarily Russian but also Mizrachi, Ethiopian, and other marginalized populations) in the Negev and beyond with each other and with their Jewish heritage. Its programs focus on building community and pluralistic Jewish identity; celebrating diverse cultures through community events; educating tourists of all ages on the culture of the Negev; and providing opportunities for leadership development.


To mitigate the economic hardships faced by The Foundation’s grantees in Israel, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help them achieve long-term organizational sustainability.

We at Atid Bamidbar were thrilled to receive the wonderful news that the Jewish Community Foundation of LA has approved us such a generous grant! The grant is like a gift of living water in the desert: It will help us bloom - especially in our communal programming. COVID-19 has deepened the separation and distance between various groups in Israeli society. The crisis and its social implications emphasize even more our need to work within our Negev communities for social change and to strengthen solidarity.

Deborah Goldman Golan
Co-Founder and President