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Meet a Pioneer

Shulamit Kaminsky

Shulamit Kaminsky has been a dear friend of CFOIC Heartland supporters for many years. When she first came to Israel decades ago, as a newlywed, she and her husband wanted to make a difference in their new homeland. But their commitment to settling the Biblical Heartland did not prepare them for the living conditions in the barren desert of the Jordan Valley. This is Shulamit’s story – a Jewish pioneer working to make the desert bloom.

Ahrale Lederberg

Ahrale Lederberg, head of security and medical emergency services in Zufim, Samaria, is a man who is all heart. In the IDF, Ahrale served as a combat soldier and medic, later becoming a commander of the IDF medics training school. This is Ahrale’s story.

Yochanan in Eshkolot

Yohanan’s story is all about Zionism. He made Aliyah as a child to the newly born State of Israel, rose in the ranks of the IDF and then, after retirement, settled in the Judean Hills community of Eshkolot. While so many slow down in retirement, for Yohanan, retirement was an opportunity to create something new in his new-found home of Eshkolot. This is Yohanan’s story.

Vivienne from Gevaot

Today, you will meet a woman who struggled to support her special-needs child until she moved to Judea. Vivienne was born and raised in the UK, immigrated as a teenager to Israel with her parents and siblings, married, and started building a family in her beloved homeland. But when Vivienne’s sixth child Elhi (Short for Elhanan) was born with special needs, life required many adjustments.

Sandy Bloom, Bet Yatir

Sandy Bloom, raised in the US with a love for Israel, spent the year after high school  on a kibbutz. She studied Bible, worked in the fields, and grew to love the people of Israel. The year was 1973 and when the Yom Kippur War broke out, the crisis made her feel especially connected to … Read more

Meet A Pioneer: Chedva

CFOIC Heartland is proud to introduce Maya Berretta, our Content and Project Manager, in her new series – A Modern Pioneer in Biblical Israel.