Sapir is a mixed religious-secular yishuv located in the Central Arava Regional Council, 1 ½ hour drive from both Be’er Sheva and Eilat. While 60 percent of Israel’s vegetable harvest comes from the Arava, just over 3,000 residents live in the region. There are approximately 100 families – who work in a variety of different fields – living in Sapir, which is mainly surrounded by agricultural and eco-tourism sites. The Regional Council sponsors many preschools, one elementary school and one high school. Additional services in the region include a community center, a regional library, a regional medical clinic, a therapeutic treatment center, an industrial zone, an auditorium, a Research and Development Station and a landing field with flights twice a week to and from Tel Aviv. The JNF is currently building a medical center in Sapir to replace the outdated clinic and provide quality care in a professional environment. In addition, the modern facility will help create new job opportunities for medical professionals and attract a new population to the Arava. The yishuv is in the process of expanding and accepting new families.
Rena Peretz Gal