The Kfar Etzion Field School
Located in the heart of Gush Etzion, the Kfar Etzion Field School offers two-day and multiple-day field trips for youth and adults, soldiers and teachers, tourists, students and schools from the entire Gush Etzion region, the judean Hills, Jerusalem and the Judean desert
The Field School provides tour guide services andorganizes outings and events for youth and adults
The School’s Approach
The Kfar Etzion Field School was founded with the renewal of Jewish settlement in Gush Etzion, immediately after the Six-Day War. Built by Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, in partnership with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, the Field School was initiated by Yehoshua Cohen, z”l, a member of Kibbutz Sde Boker. He described his goals as follows:
Repaying a national and social debt to those who fell in the battles for Gush Etzion
Educating through the outstanding examples of pioneering, settlement and personal heroism
Creating a personal-experiential-educational connection with Mt. Hebron, the birthplace of the Jewish nation.
Coordinating the development of educational activities in Gush Etzion.
The Field Trip Region
The Field School is located in the center of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in the Judean Hills, on a hill that is a national water divide, some 20 km. south of Jerusalem. The field trip area reaches across the entire Judean region -- mountain, valley and desert -- including the city of Jerusalem and its surroundings. Tour routes extend from Jerusalem and Wadi Kelt in the north to the Arad valley in the south, and from the Judean Plain in the west to the Dead Sea valley in the east.
From Tel Aviv: Turn right toward Beit Shemesh at the Shaar Hagai junction. Travel south until the Elah junction, turn left and travel east, following signs, on the Lamed Hey road toward Gush Etzion. The trip is approximately one hour long and does not pass through problematic areas.
From Jerusalem: From the Tunnel junction, continue south on the highway toward Gush Etzion. The trip takes approximately eight minutes.