Although we created this website to highlight what’s going on in Ohel Efraim, we took part in an event over Chol Hamoed Succot that we just have to share. The community of Netzarim from Gush Katif has been living in Ariel since 2005. They originally settled in the Ariel University dorms and eventually moved into a temporary caravan site near the college. That has been the status quo since 2005.
The Netzarim community has added a new element to religious life in Ariel which complemented some of the more veteran communities including Ohel Efraim and Shvut Ariel. They brought a Yeshivat Hesder to Ariel and have a wide variety of social and religious activities. Kehillat Ohel Efraim and Kehillat Netzarim have been partners in learning initiatives in the city.
We were happy to take part in the stone laying for the new Netzarim Shul in Ariel, in the neighborhood planned to finally give this community a permanent home. The community was touched by the busloads of Mizrachi Olami members who came to join in the simcha! We hope that the growth of the religious communities in Ariel grows for years to come.