Monday, October 1, 2007

Avodah Ivrit Supportive Towns

Sukkot 5768

There are some towns in Israel which encourage businesses to be Avodah Ivrit, some which only allow Avodah Ivrit into their towns.

Such towns include Yitzhar, K'far Tapu'ah, and the community of G'vaot Olam near Itamar in Samaria, and Sde Bo'az in the Gush Etzion area of Judea.

Building and agriculture are only two of the prospering local industries.

It is important to note that Sde Bo'az is a mixed religious and secular town which sets a great example for such cooperation and unity.

Unfortunately, Sde Bo'az is also one of the communities which has been under attack by neighboring Arabs and Israeli Leftists, who come to uproot Sde Bo'az's newly planted trees,...even on Tu b'Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees.

Shilo has several residents who run Avodah Ivrit businesses, including some, but not all of the local vineyards. Shilo, like Hevron, is known for its artists as well. The attached communities surrounding Shilo, such as Ahiyah and Adei Ad are Avodah Ivrit oriented.

Surprisingly, not all communities within Judea and Samaria, for example, support and encourage Avodah Ivrit.

A few years ago, the town council of Ofra, to its credit, tried to encourage Avodah Ivrit within its community. Unfortunately, one of the residents who was renovating his house at the time, threatened to sue the town through the Israeli court system, and the Ofra Town Council decided to back down.

Several Ofra residents, and residents of neighboring Amona are involved with Avodah Ivrit-based businesses. We recommend that you support these businesses.


None of the above communities gave their permission to be included in this blog report.

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