Midreshet Ben Gurion The Village Ben Gurion College is a residential and academic village, built in the 1960s, which contains, among other institutions the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, the Ben Gurion Research Institute for the Studies of Israel and Zionism, the Ben Gurion Archive and the Ben Gurion Heritage Foundation. It also has a highly regarded boarding school which specializes in ecological and environmental studies. It is best known for being the last resting place of Israel’s first premier, David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula. Nearly 30 km from the nearest town, this veritable oasis is home to about 350 families, mainly academics, teachers and post-graduate students from more than 50 countries. There is a small supermarket, several small restaurants, a gym and a post office. The large, mostly uncrowded swimming pool (entry fee for guests) is open from June to October. The Climate As might be expected in the desert, there are more than 300 sunny days a year, but less well-known is the fact that the summer climate is very pleasant indeed apart from a few very hot hours in the middle of the day. We are sitting on a plateau 500 meters above the sea level, and there is a northwesterly breeze which comes up every afternoon and continues until dusk. This is what makes mornings and evenings very pleasant, even at the height of the summer. Winter, although mostly sunny during the day, can be quite chilly at night. Not surprisingly, the average annual rainfall is only 90mm. Unlucky enough to find yourself here on a rainy day? Don’t be disappointed, the floods are just spectacular. Getting Here Midreshet Ben -Gurion or Ben-Gurion’s College is located on Route 40, 50 kilometers south of Beersheba and 35 kilometers north of Mitzpe Ramon. Be careful not to confuse Midreshet Ben Gurion and Kibbutz Sde Boker (we are 5 kilometers south of the Kibbutz). Allow 1.5 hour by car from the Dead Sea, 2 hours drive from Tel Aviv and 2.5 hours from Jerusalem or Eilat. As the streets have no names (and the GPS can’t find us) we suggest you call when you get to the entrance gate of the village so that we can guide you to the house.