2016 Kirkham Conferences Location Information
Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Sede Boqer Campus
The Sede Boqer Campus of Ben-Gurion University is an integral and important part of Midreshet Ben-Gurion, the community in which it is located.
Midreshet Ben-Gurion (known as the Midrasha) is the largest community in the Ramat Negev Regional Council. Communities including Kibbutz Sede Boqer, Kibbutz Mashabe-Sade and Beer-Sheva lie to the north of the Midrasha while the town of Mitzpe Ramon and city of Eilat lie to the south.
Midreshet Ben-Gurion is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in the Negev Desert: The plateau of the central Negev is riven by the wide canyon of Nahal Tzin, and the Midrasha lies on the clifftop overlooking this spectacular biblical scene.
From the promenade at the edge of the canyon, the views are stunning, and invite the visitor to descend into the canyon and discover its hidden secrets. There are many trails that will take you to beautiful spots all around the area.
The summer weather in Sede Boqer is hot and dry during the day but cool in the evening while in the winter the weather can be surprisingly cold.
Midreshet Ben-Gurion hosts the following educational and research institutes: The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, The Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute, a high school for environmental education, a field school, an elementary school, and the IDF's Informational & Educational Center Unit.
Nearby Sights and Attractions
- Avdat National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a trip through time on the Incense Route
Avdat National Park in the Negev encompasses the remains of one of the famed ancient Nabatean cities along the Incense Route, the road over which costly incense, perfumes and spices were brought out of Arabia, across the Negev and to the Mediterranean ports.
- En Avdat National Park
An oasis in a spectacular canyon
Water flowing from the En Avdat (the Avdat Spring) in the heart of the Negev has cut a deep, narrow canyon through the soft white chalk. A waterfall tumbles from above and greenery flourishes around its pools where ibex and other animals come to quench their thirst. read more...
- Ben-Gurion’s Tomb National Park
The final resting place of Israel’s first prime minister and his wife, in a desert garden
The graves of David and Paula Ben-Gurion overlook a breathtaking view of the Tsin Canyon and the Avdat highlands in the heart of the Negev. The path from the parking lot to the tranquil grave site winds through a garden of carefully nurtured local flora that can thrive in the arid climate and saline conditions of the local soil.
- Ben Gurion's Home at Kibbutz Sede Boqer
David Ben-Gurion, who declared the establishment of the state of Israel and became its first prime minister, was arguably one of the most outstanding figures of the 20th century. Not only did he dream that the Negev could flourish, he and Paula practiced what he preached by becoming members of Kibbutz Sede Boqer in 1953. In 1963, the couple retired to a modest ‘hut’ in the kibbutz, where they lived a simple lifestyle that amazed the bevy of world leaders who visited Ben-Gurion at his home over the years.The ‘hut’ at Kibbutz Sede Boqer is now a museum managed by an institute dedicated to preserving Ben-Gurion’s heritage.
- Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center
The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center offers interactive exhibits explaining the natural processes that led to the creation of the "makhtesh" (the crater which is over 40km long at its widest point). It also presents interesting information about the plants and animals that live in what might be assumed to be a barren and inhospitable region. The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center also serves as a museum and memorial for Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut who died in the 2003 Columbia Shuttle disaster.