Israel 2008

November 14, 2008

Mitzpe Ramon and Negev

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New Orleans Jewish Federation Mission

November 12-23, 2008

Ramon Inn Cow

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Ramon Inn

Luggage identification

Ramon Inn Flags

Ramon Inn

Viitors Center

Orientation Video

Future Hotel Overlook the Desert

Mitzpe Ramon in the Distance

Our Bus

Future Hotel Site

Mitzpe Ramon in the distance

Sheila Climbing to the Visitors Center

Jeep Ride

Ramon Crater

Ramon Crater is the largest one one of the three Negev craters. It contains geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world.


A makhtesh has steep walls of resistant rock surrounding a deep closed valley which is usually drained by a single wadi.


A makhtesh is a geological landform regarded to be unique to the Negev desert of Israel and the Sinai. Although commonly known as "craters" these formations are more accurately described as erosion cirques.

The Valley

The valleys have limited vegetation and soil, containing a variety of different colored rocks and a diverse fauna and flora which has been protected and preserved over millions of years. The best known (and largest) makhtesh is Makhtesh Ramon of Israel's Negev desert.

Kathy, Michael and Ann

Kat in the Negev

Jeep ride in the desert

Ellen writing notes

OH my goodness - Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Giggle.

Issy, Josh, Bonnie and Ellen (1st row)

Michael, Kathy and Ann (2nd Row)

Michael - Director of Federation

Bedouin village

Recognize and non-recognized vilages

Lakiya Bedouin

Descendants of nomadic tribes who roamed the deserts from ancient times.

Negevinstitute of strategies of peace and development

We all ate lunch.

Blue Testure from Ramon Inn Flags

Cobble Texture Visitors Center

Rock siding in the desert texture

Hebrew Machtesh Ramon

Visitor Center Sign


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