Urban Communities: Supporting 21st Century Pioneers
Eretz-Ir promotes community life in cities all across Israel by providing groups of activists with the tools needed to create thriving communities. We guide 20 communities from all backgrounds, religions, and cultures all across Israel. These urban communities, formed around a shared social mission, create a sense of belonging for local residents, enrich cultural life, promote social change, and build partnerships with local authorities and ensure that the needs of local residents are heard.
“The power of the community is that together it can do everything. Different from digital social networks, it’s a real community, made of people who really see you.”
Hila Nahon, Director of Communities at Eretz-Ir
What is an urban community?
An urban community is a group of residents who choose to lead a communal life that focuses on connection and meaning. An urban community comes together for various activities and shares common values. Additionally, all of our communities operate social action projects to fill gaps they identify in their neighborhoods.
Urban Communities – The Power to Create Change
An urban community has the power to influence and transform its environment. Urban communities define problems that are specific to their environment and seek relevant solutions, enacting an effective bottom-up mechanism for change. As local residents themselves, community members know if their neighborhood is missing quality education, better public infrastructure, or cultural opportunities.
Strength in Diversity
Eretz-Ir’s network is the only pluralistic community network in Israel. Our community network represents the entire spectrum of Israeli society: secular, traditional, and orthodox Jews, Bedouins, Arab Israelis, Sabras and Olim, and more. Eretz-Ir established this network to create a national partnership of communities, allow for replication of programs between members, pool resources, and create opportunities for cooperation.