What’s Happening at the Field School
Over the past year, we have continued our ongoing activity in attracting many visitors to trails in the Mt. Hebron area.
The main programs of the Field School are guided outings for school groups in the entire Judean region, often in cooperation with the Society for the Preservation of Nature. We emphasize building a multi-year integrated program for schools that work with us on an annual basis.
In addition, two regional courses currently take place in the Field School. The courses, for adults who are dedicated to broadening their knowledge of the Land, are attended by some 80 people from locations across Israel.
We are continuing to operate our traditional retreats and camps, which, in recent years, have focused on the topics including “Hasmoneans in the Land of Judea,” “Herod, the Builder King,” “New Developments in Research of the Bar Cochba Uprising,” and “In the Footsteps of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs in the Central Mountain.”
In the realm of leisure-time activities for the entire family, we conduct tours of the Judean region that are open to the general public every Friday.
Each year, the Field School holds a nighttime march in the footsteps of the “Lamed-Hey” – the 35 soldiers who were murdered as they attempted to bring aid to a beleaguered Gush Etzion in 1948. Students and families come from all parts of the country to march through the night to Gush Etzion.
In the field of academic research, we have carried out a number of archaeological digs in the Gush Etzion area in partnership with numerous archaeologists and university archaeological departments. We have uncovered a mikvah from Second Temple times in the Path of the Forefathers, and we have found the remnants of a settlement and numerous agricultural tools from second temple times at the old Massuot Yitzhak. At Hurvat Brachot in Migdal Oz, we have discovered a hidden cave from the time of the Bar Kochba uprising.