At the end of 2015, Ramat Hanadiv's Visitors Pavilion hosted about 100 local residents for an evening wholly dedicated to community ventures. The event marked almost a year's community-environmental action in the towns and villages around Ramat Hanadiv, part of the ongoing Partnership for Regional Sustainability initiative.
In attendance were the entrepreneurs who led the 15 ventures implemented during the past year, along with other residents who came to propose new projects for the coming year. The purpose of the meeting was to inspire all participants with the enormous potential of the new applicants, who are trying to change the realities in which they live.
Tamar Arbel-Elisha, the head of Ramat Hanadiv's Community Department, briefly introduced the entrepreneurs who were active during the course of the year. Anat Lieberman from Binyamina described the wildflower project that she led. The historian Dr. David Biton, who heads the Education Dept. of the non-profit group Young Yerucham (Tza'irim b'Yerucham), directed the Derech Eretz preparatory programme in Yerucham and presented his project, Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam). And Jerusalemite Asnat Bavly discussed her venture: Mahapach Yarok (Green Revolution), Jerusalem's city-wide domestic composting project, which began as a personal crusade and turned into a real revolution.
A screening of the film, 'HaCatedores' brought to life the characters who collect and recycle trash in Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the evening, there was a call for proposals on the three major sustainability issues that will serve as the focus for the activities in 2016.
Before their departure, all participants received copies of the pamphlet, Enterprises 2015. We all hope that this meeting will be the start of a long and fruitful tradition.