The goal of the Absorption Center is to help integrate and prepare olim for independent living within Israeli society.
The Nurit absorption center was established in the 1970's and since the 80's has assisted in absorbing the Ethiopian community into Israel. It is located in the biblical city of Beer Sheva, a highly developed city with approximately 200,000 residents. Beer Sheva is the largest city in southern Israel and serves as the capital of the Negev.
Situated in the northern 'dalet' neighborhood of Beer Sheva, local services include a supermarket, shopping, post office, pharmacy, restaurants, cafes, public transportation, health funds, parks and schools. There is a large weekly market with discounted prices for vegetables, fruit, clothing, footwear, house ware and more. A Mental Health Center, Bnei Akiva Yeshiva and the Kaye College of Education, are also located near the absorption center.
A delegation of the Keren Hayesod Fund in France visited the Jewish Agency Nurit Absorption Center.
There are 150 housing units at the center, of various sizes with a capacity of 520 residents. They are supplied with basic appliances and furnishings, including beds, closets, refrigerator, stove, chairs and tables. Upon arrival, new immigrants are welcomed with basic food provisions for their first days.
The low buildings of the center’s complex facilitate the option for residents to plant gardens or vegetable patches next to their apartments. Public facilities at the center include: 16 classrooms, recreation club, synagogue, laundry room, computer rooms and a library.
Activities and Special Projects
The center provides activities for both adults and children.
For adults this includes Hebrew studies, conversion classes, seminars, community activities, workshops on parenting, employment, consumerism and trips throughout Israel.
Activities for children focus on educational reinforcement and enrichment in subjects such as Jewish customs, festivals and Israeli culture. In addition, they have sports, drama, music, day camps, trips and more.
Activities are geared towards the different stages of absorption and assisting olim in becoming familiar with their new surroundings.
Seniors Club – For ages 55 and above, this club offers activities that revitalize and preserve the tradition of the older immigrants.
Israeli Cooking - Regular classes in cooking Israeli food, familiarity with products and special menus for Israeli holidays and celebrations, take place in the center.
Adult Workshops - Workshops are held on employment, relationships and parenting, household management, health and safety, and institutions and services in Israel.
Home Maintenance - Classes are held to give the olim information on buying and maintaining a home in Israel.
Volunteer Activity -There is a strong presence of volunteers from a number of local sectors that cooperate routinely with the center, these include the Clalit Health Fund, the Ben Gurion University and local second hand stores, to name just a few.
Mentoring Club - A special Mentoring Club takes place in the afternoon hours for the center's children and provides strengthening in schoolwork and homework assistance.
Educational Reinforcement - Extra reinforcement in Hebrew and math studies is available for children and youth.
The children at the Jewish Agency's Nurit Absorption Center in Beer Sheva were treated to a special surprise when representatives from the Amdocs Israel company came to distribute toys to help make the time spent in shelters more enjoyable.
Preparation for First Grade - Readiness class for first grade for preschool children prior to their entering school
Summer Camp - A yearly summer day camp is held for the center's children and combines crafts, performances, hiking and general activities in cooperation with local volunteer groups.
Enrichment for Children - These activities include a Story Hour, animal therapy, gardening and a sports clubs.
A dedicated and professional staff is responsible for the care of the new immigrants and for the daily running of the absorption center. The staff consists of a director, administrative assistant, head of education and culture, social worker, housemother and counselors.