Building a Campus for Keshet Eilon
In 2005 Keshet Eilon decided to establish a campus for the Music Center. The existing infrastructure was insufficient to accommodate the ever-increasing number of students who take part in its activities and without expansion Keshet Eilon could not realize its proven full potential. In the wake of a joint decision on the part of its secretariat, and with the support of its members, Kibbutz Eilon transferred 29 dunam (approx. 7.25 acres) of land for the purpose.
Construction of stage 1 of the campus, which was planned by architect Tzadik Eliakim, began in 2013 and lasted for about two years. It was made possible thanks to generous donations from the late Isacc Ribatzky and from Patrick Drahi, Raya Strauss, public bodies and private donors. This stage today comprises twelve units of student residences, a cafeteria and an acoustic shell.
Landmarks in the construction of the campus
August 11th, 2011
Laying the foundation stone for Keshet Eilon’s future campus, to mark twenty years of activity. Among those present were public figures, Friends of Keshet Eilon, members of Kibbutz Eilon and participants in the international summer course.
May 19th, 2013
Preparing the ground for the construction of the first eight student residential units.
March 29th, 2014
The inauguration, within the campus grounds, of the Mitzpeh Yitzhak Scenic Lookout, named in memory of US Friend of Keshet Eilon the late Isacc Ribatzky. The ceremony was attended by friends, family members and participants in the Israeli musicians’ spring seminar.
July 25th, 2014
Inauguration of the campus’s first eight student residential units, in the presence of the donors and their representatives, public figures, Friends of Keshet Eilon and participants in the international summer course.
February 18th, 2015
Inauguration of the Leora Heiman Garden within the campus grounds.
July 31st, 2015
Inauguration of the cafeteria and another seven student residential units, to mark twenty-five years of activities at Keshet Eilon. Among those present were Lioe Evan, executor for the estate of the late Isaac, Liora and Aki Shavit and Eitan and Malka Evan, who introduced Isacc Ribatzky and many other friends to Keshet Eilon.
Architect Ada Karmi-Melamede assumes responsibility for preparing the architectural master plan for stage 2 of the campus.
Ground preparation for the construction of the classrooms begins.
The suites and villas are also rented out to groups and families, and the funds obtained thereby help partially to cover expenses and new initiatives.