The Nehama and Joshua Cohen Field School
Goals and Educational Aims of the School
The field school is a center of instruction and field study in subjects
related to the Negev and the desert. The field school aims at teaching
students who use its services to study, know, love and preserve nature
and the environment: animals, vegetation, inanimate objects of the past
- remnants of various periods, the importance of clean air, water quality,
scenery and the landscape. In this way, the school aspires to strengthen
the ties of youth and adults to the land of Israel, specifically to the
Negev, and to educate them in the value of cherishing and preserving nature
The Main Fields of Instruction
The main topics with which the students at the school will become acquainted
The Study Camp
The geography of the Negev, its morphological borders, structure and geological
Adaptability and adjustment of plants and animals to desert conditions
The ways in which human societies have dealt with life in the desert during
different prehistorical and historical periods, including Biblical times
and the present.
New settlements in the Negev - the kibbutzim and development towns: their
problems, challenges and directions of development.
Recognition of the work and historical legacy of David Ben-Gurion.
Interdisciplinary ties among different variables and their interactions
The main way of teaching at the field school is through the study camp.
The study campl lasts between 3 to 6 days, and its main goals are to acquaint
the students with the area and its various components, to strengthen and
nourish the ties of the students to the land of Israel, and to promote
awareness of the value of nature and the environment and ways to preserve
In addition to the study camps, the school organizes excursions for one
or two days, weekends, summer camps for youth, vacation programs for families,
camel and jeep excursions and more.
People Using the School
The population using the school is varied: high
school and university students, teachers, soldirs, families, youth groups
from abroad and others.
School Instructors Staff
The staff of school instructors includes post-graduate
personnel, people after army service who are knowledgeable in the desert
and its nature, and teachers with appropriate skills and education. The
administration of the school supplies meals and accomodation for the visitors.
The recently opened guest house opposite the "land
of springs", Beit Hamburg serves visitors yearning for the desert
and its tranquility.
Situated on Tzin Ravine in the Tzin Desert, Beit Hamburg offers an outstanding
view of the vast Negev landscape just a few steps from your room. A promenade
along the ravine's cliffs, presently under construction, passes directly
below the guest rooms.
The 60-bed facility has rooms for couples and for families equipped
with showers, toilets, air conditioning and elegant furnishings; and a
comfortable lounge with television, lecture halls and audio-visual equipment.
A unique collection of desert art ifacts on display adjacent to the guest
house adds an enriching dimension to your visit.
The Field School and Information Center staff will be happy to help
you plan excursions throughout the Negev.
So come and enjoy the desert air and the magnificent view.
For reservations phone 07-6532828, or 6532902; fax 6532721.
Touring Routes in the Har Hanegev Region