Be’er Sheva is home to a large number of new immigrants, accounting for 15-20% of the city’s total population. Beit Moriah offers various activities and services to help our newest residents – many from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, and Morocco – acclimate to life in Israel. On October 18, 2010 we broke ground on an Edible Garden project at the Winnipeg Center in Be’er Sheva in conjunction with the Asper Foundation, JNF Canada, and JDC-Israel. The garden aims to bridge the gap between generations of Ethiopian immigrant families – many of whom come from agricultural backgrounds – by providing them with a common interest and a means to learn about healthy nutrition and responsibility. Tending to the garden also strengthens their connection to the Land of Israel and to their homes here. In addition to this newest venture, Beit Moriah organizes a “Moadon Moreshet” (Traditional Club) for approximately 200 new Russian immigrants to learn more about Israeli history and Jewish culture. The Moadon Moreshet programming includes the study of Jewish texts, hikes throughout the country, a film club and discussion group, and an assortment of special monthly events and lectures. Other immigrant services include religious conversion classes, job assistance and mentoring programs for South American immigrants, and art tutorials run in conjunction with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption for immigrants from all countries.