The Ayalim Association was established to encourage university students to settle in Israel’s “Periphery” — the Galilee in the North, and the Negev in the South. The first Ayalim student village was built in Ramat Negev thanks to $80,000 in seed money provided by the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado’s Venture Israel Philanthropy (VIP) Fund. Since then, the village has been receiving an annual transportation subsidy from Federation’s Partnership2Gether allocation to provide bus service to and from the village and Ben Gurion University in Beersheva. Today, the Ayalim Association includes 500 student participants living in thirteen student villages. Each student resident must perform ten hours of community service in the village each week in order to reside there.

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