In 1971, at the end of my first year in Israel. fellow American students at Hebrew University (1970-71) produced Milk and Honey Experience (34 min, 1971).

In the words of Bob Tabak, also at Hebrw U that year:

The young film director (Yehuda Judd Ne’eman) and scriptwriter (Rachel Ne’eman) were Israeli, but the student actors were American.  The protagonists make a visit to David Ben-Gurion at Sde Boker in the Negev and there is a short interview with him.  There are relatively few glimpses from the 1967-73 period of  American Jewish students in Israel, so this fictionalized story is interesting.  I tracked down the director, who was glad to give permission to post it, 50 years later.

In recent days, Hebrew University’s Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives has posted this film online.

Milk and Honey Experience



  1. This was a wonderful almost anthropological look into the young American experience in Israel. The Ben Gurion interview at Sde Boker!! What an amazing surprise! Oh how I wish I would have gone in those days…and made aliyah. Thank you for these films. I am and always will be obsessed and inspired by Israel, the people and the place. Shalom.


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