[Photo: Courtesy of the offices of שוקר ניסים]
Rosh Tzurim is a religious kibbutz (a close-knit community, typically involved in farming) located approximately twenty kilometers south of Jerusalem in the Eztion Block. This community was established in 1969 by members of Bnei Akiva and Israeli Defense Forces soldiers from the Nahal brigade. Originally, the site of today’s Rosh Tzurim was previously the Ein Tzurim kibbutz – a kibbutz that was re-established in the central-south of Israel after being destroyed by the Jordanian Arab Legion during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
The name Rosh Tzurim (Top of the Rocks) is a reference to the Biblical passage, “For from the top of the mountains I see him” (Num 23:9). And for income, the Rosh Tzurim kibbutz currently raises turkeys, grows grapes for wine production along with other fruits andproduces milk.
Chagit Shechter, one our producers, is a resident of the community and told us, “When I see all of these beautiful places, it really gives me inspiration for my work. All the work that I do is inspired by the atmosphere that we have here, by the beautiful view. I wake up every morning to the beautiful Judean hills. Also the historical events that took place here is also something that has always been connected to me.”
Rosh Tzurim is located within the jurisdiction of the Gush Etzion Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 934. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Yehudah (Judah).