Located on the edge of the beautiful Jezreel Valley, Migdal Ha’Emek is home to a rich diversity of Jewish populations, including recent immigrants from Ethiopia, the Former Soviet Union, North Africa and South America. The town was founded in the 1950s as a ma'abara–a settlement camp for the Middle Eastern and North African Jewish immigrants who poured into Israel shortly after Independence. As a town whose origins comprise of groups of people looking to build a new life in Israel, Migdal Ha’emek is faced with many societal challenges, which provides ITF fellows with a rewarding opportunity to make a difference.
Why Migdal Ha'Emek?
Settlement towns in Israel have interesting historical roots and challenges, often which carry over into present day issues. Located in the furthest outreaches of the country, these towns are often fraught with an unequal distribution of resources (in comparison to the centre of the country) as well as higher levels of inequality, and lower educational attainment.
In addition to experiencing the rich mosaic of Jewish life in Migdal Ha'emek, ITF Fellows will be
making an important contribution to the traditionally underserved populations who make Migdal Ha'Emek their home.