Beer Milka, the youngest community in the Pitchat Nitzana region, is home to 25 young families living a secular lifestyle. The community was established in 2006. Its founders were members of the B’nai Hamoshavim movement who lived in nearby Kmehin before relocating to their permanent homes here. The families had a shared vision of establishing a new community based on love of the desert and nature, quality of life, community and serenity.
The name of the village was taken from its unique location near an ancient well called Bir Milka in Arabic, meaning: “meeting well”. The entire area is at the hub of the Holot Agur Nature Reserve, at the place where Lavan River and Nitzana River meet. The community’s name is also linked to the Bible which mentions two women named Milka – one was the wife of Nachor, Abraham’s brother, and the other belonged to one of Zlofhad’s daughters.
Beer Milka’s residents enjoy a wide variety of community and educational services provided to all communities in the Pitchat Nitzana area, which includes Kadesh Barnea (Nitzanei Sinai), Kmehin, Mitzpeh Ezuz and the Nitzana Youth Village. Alongside joint community activities for the 120 local families, many activities take place within the community and at the Ramat Hanegev Regional Community Center, which provides a variety of extracurricular activities and programs for all age groups.
From the educational aspect too, Beer Milka residents enjoy the shared educational infrastructure in the vicinity (kindergartens), the area (elementary school in Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh), while council school buses transport children to the different high schools – including the School of Environmental Education at Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Eshel Hanassi Agricultural School north of Beer Sheba and Nofei Habesor High School in the Eshkol Regional Council. The Pitchat Nitzana settlements also enjoy local activities organized by the B’nai Hamoshavim youth movement.
Beer Milka residents’ sources of income include:
* Agriculture – pomegranate and olive groves, potato fields, hothouses for cherry tomatoes and herbs (organic and conventional agriculture).
* Private business ventures – tourism, architecture, carpentry, engineering etc.
* Education – teaching and instruction at the Nitzana Educational Youth Village, Nitzana border terminal, Desert Spirit rehabilitation village, Shanti House youth village and in other local communities.
Beer Milka is accepting additional young families that see themselves integrating in the life of a flourishing, ecologically-minded community that offers them a high quality of life.