Even Shmuel

How Israeli students learn to love the Land of Israel

Rahavam 'Gandi' Ze'evi
Two students from Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Even Shmuel received the 2015 Ministry of Education Ze’evi Award for Excellence in Land of Israel Studies. The prize is named after Israeli war hero and MK, Rahavam Ze'evi ("Gandi"), who was assassinated by a terrorist in 2001. Ze'evi was known for his patriotism, deep love for the Land of Israel and strongly nationalistic political views.

Hila Itam and Herut Yered submitted a research paper exploring the reasons why the Jordanian Legion’s officers allowed their soldiers to participate in the massacre of Jewish residents and Hagana fighters following the surrender of Kfar Etzion on the eve of Israel’s independence in 1948.

'Gandi' with troops during 1956 Sinai Campaign
Hila explained that she chose the subject because her great grandmother served in the Hagana with Rahavam Ze'evi, and at that time she was the radio operator in Jerusalem who received the final message – “the queen has fallen” – from the fighters defending Kfar Etzion till their last bullet was spent.

UBA Even Shmuel was established by the Shafir Regional Council in 1979 as a residential high school to serve girls from the religious moshavim (agricultural settlements) in the northern Negev region. Today the school serves 420 students in grades 7-12, and attracts students from all over Israel due to the many awards it has earned over the years for academic excellence.

Baruch Dayan Emet: Lt. Tamar Ariel (25), Graduate of UBA Even Shmuel

Israeli Killed in Nepal: IAF's First Female Religious Navigator

Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, made history when she became a navigator in the IAF in 2012. Agam Luria, 23, and Nadav Shoham were also killed.
First Publish: 10/16/2014, 8:22 PM

Lt. Tamar Ariel z"l
Lt. Tamar Ariel z"l
IAF photo

An Israeli woman killed in the Anapurna Ridge avalanche in Nepal has been identified as Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, of Masuot Yitzchak.


Ariel had made history in 2012 when she became the IAF's first religious female navigator. She had served in that capacity in the Ha'emek Squadron, based at Ramat David in the Galilee.


She was educated in religious Zionist institutions and completed the ulpana at Even Shmuel, near Kiryat Gat.


After her national service, she was summoned to be tested for eligibility to take part in the Pilots' Course. Four years later, she completed Course 165 in December of 2012 and took part in the graduation wearing the long skirt that is favored by religious Zionist female soldiers.


Earlier Thursday, the name of a second Israeli who was killed in the disasterwas published: Agam Luria, 23, of Kibbutz Yifat. Luria, a graduate of Haemek Hammaravi High School in Yifat, left behind his mother and two older brothers.

The identity of a third Israel who was killed in the avalanche was released Thursday evening: Nadav Shoham of Mitzpe Hoshaya in the Galilee.


Thirteen Israeli hikers are hospitalized at the military field hospital in Nepal following the disaster. Seven of them are very lightly injured and are expected to be released soon, and probably return to Israel. Six others will remain hospitalized and probably will be transferred to other hospitals.


All in all, 135 Israelis who are in Nepal have yet to contact their families but it is believed that most of them will do so in the coming hours.