MAKING THE DESERT BLOOM: Monday March 2, 2020

After an Israeli breakfast in the kibbutz near Lakiya, our group split up for the day’s activities.  One group was heading out to do some Jeep tours, while my group was driving out to Sde Boker, the location of the home of the late Prime Ministe David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula.  An important man in Jewish history, PM Ben Gurion’s home was small and modest.  His office was the largest room of the house with an impressive library of books on three walls.  Ben Gurion was born in 1886 in Poland and as an adult immigrated to Israel where his first job was that of a farmhand in the early Hebrew settlements.  In 1948 he announced the establishment of the State of Israel.  Zionism was his dream and he wanted to participate in building the homeland. He was Israel’s first Prime Minister and also Defense Minister. It was a most enjoyable day.

The next stop on our trip was NANA winery in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev. We were invited to sample an exquisite gourmet array of foods and our choice of one of their fine wines. Our host talked to us about the difficulties and challenges of running a wine business.

Liliane Kohl