Article - regional Council Mateh Yehuda - 50 Years 8/4/2014
Regional Council Mateh Yehuda – 50 Years
From Biblical times to the present, the 3,000-year-old tradition of Eretz Israel has been a common thread among the communities of the Regional Council Mateh Yehuda, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Fifty-seven communal towns, moshavim and kibbutzim represent the amazing human mosaic that gathered together in the newly established State of Israel from all corners of the earth.
Mateh Yehuda – the largest regional council in Israel – encompasses an area of
520,000 dunams from Jerusalem in the east to the plain in the west, most of which are forested and contain roads that bore witness to some of the nation's greatest moments. From the days of the Judges and Samson, the period of the Kings, from King David onward, to the Burma Road, the Battle of the 35 and the establishment of the State of Israel, the ingathering of the exiles and the establishment of flourishing agriculture. Mateh Yehuda is the green and enchanting heart of Eretz Israel, entwined in the heritage of the Jewish people and the history of our revival.
Jews from throughout the world came together in Mateh Yehuda, from Cochin and Yemen, Morocco and Kurdistan, Bulgaria, Poland and more. They live in harmony with their neighbors from the Arab villages of Ein Rafa and Ein Nekuba, and even together in the joint Jewish-Arab village of Neve Shalom, where inspirational coexistence is an exceptional example of true peace between peoples.
The Regional Council Mateh Yehuda has made quality of life its motto, and in this spirit the council promotes rural tourism and furthers the realization of the business potential of the region's agriculture. Thus, there has been a resurgence of dozens of delightful wineries, rustic beer microbreweries, artists' workshops and unique businesses which draw domestic and foreign tourists to the region.
In recent years, all have joined to create the Rustic Food Festival, the Wine Festival, the Beer Festival and other projects. Together, area residents promote values of sustainability and protecting the environment. The wonderful human tapestry and huge expanse of this region are home to many varied tourist attractions, parks and some of Israel's most beautiful forests, as well as events that are unique to this area – races, marches, bike rides and other activities.
Let us live together in brotherhood and friendship, prosperity and peace and mark many more anniversaries in the years to come.
Head of the Regional Council Mateh Yehuda