Eretz-Ir (“Country, City”) is an Israeli nonprofit established in 2006 that promotes community and economic resilience in cities across Israel’s periphery. Eretz-Ir focuses on improving the quality of life in cities in the periphery through community, social entrepreneurship, and employment. We always work with local residents who join us in propelling educational, cultural and economic change from the bottom up.
Eretz-Ir In Numbers
So how do we make cities stronger and better?
Communities: Supporting 21st Century Pioneers
We promote diverse community life in order to ensure long-term stay in peripheral cities and attract more young people. Residents in cities with actively involved communities report a higher life-satisfaction and are more likely to become involved in social change. Eretz-Ir guides 27 communities from all backgrounds, religions, and cultures, in 20 cities around the country. These groups of young pioneers maintain community life and develop social projects which benefit the entire city in a variety of the fields including of employment, education, culture, and more.
Social Entrepreneurship: Developing the economy while creating social services
Social entrepreneurship is a central part of a healthy community. It creates public participation as well as innovative solutions to the needs of the community. We guide young social entrepreneurs, enabling them to develop a sustainable business model, and to create new jobs and social services for the benefit of local residents. To date, we have worked with 150 social entrepreneurs through individual and group mentoring, operated 8 accelerator programs for entrepreneurs throughout the country, and run a hub for entrepreneurs in Be’er Sheva.
Employment: The Negev is an incredible place to live and work
Developing innovative solutions and tri-sector partnerships to promote quality and diversity of employment in the Negev, Eretz-Ir works with dozens of employment organizations, hundreds of employers, factories and companies, and thousands of young people. We work in cooperation with JNF US to develop the Negev’s employment ecosystem through the Lauder Employment Center, and operate NetGev Centers – hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship that provide Negev residents with new careers and opportunities.