Rahat is the first and largest Bedouin city in Israel. The Arab Bedouins of the Negev are a traditionally nomadic people who have gradually settled in permanent towns and cities over the course of the last 100 years.
Founded in the late '70s, Rahat is populated by more than 33 Bedouin tribes from the Negev desert region. Rahat is known as "the city of children" with 60% of its population under the age of 18. These villages are going through a period of change and modernization with the new generation asking what it means to be Bedouin in the 21st century. While Rahat is a modern city boasting a Bedouin market, bustling commercial center with restaurants and businesses and many mosques, it still retains a uniquely Bedouin feel.
Just 15 minutes from Be'er Sheva, the capital of the Negev, and 45 minutes by train from Tel Aviv, Rahat is located in the northern edge of the Negev Desert surrounded by beautiful desert scenery. Rahat is a culturally unique city with a warm and inviting community famous for their hospitality.
Interested in becoming an Israel Teaching Fellow in Rahat? Apply now! We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis from qualified candidates for the upcoming 2017-2018 session.
Read more about A New Dawn in the Negev's current volunteers in Rahat here.