Arad, the Desert and the Dead Sea 4-6. Nov.



“Arad (Hebrew: עֲרָד  ; Arabic: عِرَادَ‎‎) is a city in the Southern District of Israel. It is located on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts, 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of the Dead Sea and 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Beersheba. The city is home to a diverse population of 24,436, including Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, both secular and religious, Bedouins and Black Hebrews, as well as new immigrants. The city is notable for its clean, dry air and serves as a major attraction to asthmatics worldwide.


After attempts to settle the area in the 1920s, Arad was founded in November 1962 as an Israeli development town, the first planned city in Israel. Arad’s population grew significantly with the Aliyah from the Commonwealth of Independent States in the 1990s, and peaked in 2002 at 24,500 residents.”




The Artist residence in Arad.
Amos Oz used to live opposite for almost 30 years

Drawing Performance at the Contemporary Art Center


foto Tamar Roded Shabtay

foto Tamar Roded Shabtay

foto Tamar Roded Shabtay

foto Tamar Roded Shabtay

foto Tamar Roded Shabtay


Drawing Session with Tamar Roded Shabtay

foto Tamar Roded Shabtay
fotos Tamar Roded Shabtay


Dead Sea

“The Dead Sea (Hebrew: יָם הַמֶּלַח  Yam ha-Melah lit. Salt Sea, Arabic: البحر الميت‎‎  Al-Bahr al-Mayyit), is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. Its surface and shores are 429 metres (1,407 ft) below sea level,[3][5] Earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011), it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley and its main tributary is the Jordan River…
The Dead Sea water has a density of 1.24 kg/litre, which makes swimming similar to floating.”




Drawing Session with Artists from Ein Gedi.

“The kibbutz was founded in 1953. It was named after the Biblical Ein Gedi, located on Tel Goren beside the kibbutz. Located on the edge of the Green Line separating Israel from the Jordanian-held West Bank, the kibbutz was completely isolated in the desert, the nearest Israeli village being several hours away via a dirt road. After the 1967 Six-Day War and Israel’s capture of the West Bank from Jordan, a road was paved from Jerusalem via Jericho and along the shore of the Dead Sea. This essentially ended the kibbutz’s isolation and opened the door to its development…




The kibbutz operates a 100 dunam (10 ha, 24.7 acre) botanical garden housing over 900 plant species from around the world. It is the only populated botanical garden in the world, with 500 residents. The garden joined the register of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International in 1994, and today is recognized by the National Geographic Society as “the 11th wonder of the world.” The garden includes date palms and Arecaceae, tropical and desert flora.”




Drawing Session with Doron in a Military Camp build by Jordan
in the 70th.


Drawing Session with Joel Ziv in the Kibbutz Kalya

Kalya (Hebrew: קַלְיָה) is an Israeli settlement and kibbutz in the West Bank. It was originally established in 1929 but was occupied and destroyed by the Jordanians in 1948; it was later rebuilt in 1968 after the Six-Day War. Located on the northern shore of the Dead Sea, 360 meters below sea level, it falls under the jurisdiction of Megilot Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 394.



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