About me: Yerukham

Team Yerukham
“YES! We can do it!”


I lived in Yerukham, Israel for the school year of 2009-2010 at the age of 29. Yerukham, is a small town located 30 minutes south of Beer Sheva and has a population just below 10,000 people.  The establishment of this community is a reflection of the disparities that exist in Israel society. The town was originally a collection of trailers placed here by the Jewish Agency for new Immigrants, mainly, Moroccan, Indian and some Yemenite, in the early fifties. These people were literally brought here at night and dropped off in the desert and left. This town, particularly has a negative reputation and stigmata throughout the rest of Israel. Yet it is one of the most warm communities I have had the fortune of being a part of.  It is “traditional” Jewish community and very close-knit group of people.  After being plagued with corrupt politicians and a horrible economy, the town hit rock bottom.  Amram Mitzne, a decorated solider and famous politician of the Labor party, was placed a mayor of Yerukham by the members of  Knesset.  He served 5 years as the mayor, 3 were mandatory, 2 he requested.  I lived there at the end of his five-year time and saw a great change.   I saw hope that seemed to have never existed before.  In the year I was there, the town had a major overhaul, which later became the norm.  I lived with one other woman, Melissa (photo above) and we worked in the school system as an English teachers in hopes of raising the standards of Education and the proficiency of English amongst High School students. The program was on was a Jewish Federation sponsored program, and we survived with the help of the P2K partnership with Miami.


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