Rabbi Yitzchak Ideles, father of one of the 13 families who have moved to the community of Teneh, northeast of Be'er Sheva, is excited about the new challenge:
"Teneh - also known as Omarim by the residents - is about 20 years old, and has some 110 families. It is basically a secular community that is showing signs of awakening to Judaism. They recently built a synagogue, several families have changed their lifestyles - and in general they have welcomed us with open arms. We will, at least for the first stage, be a community within a community, and good things will hopefully result."
For Ideles and his family, this was the second expulsion; they were thrown out of the Sinai community of Atzmonah in 1982 to make way for the peace treaty with Egypt. But he looks only forward: "We are the first group to move into houses," he noted, "and the first group to move to a Yesha [Judea and Samaria] location, and we welcome this new challenge." The group is scheduled to remain in Teneh for at least two years.
Many of the Morag families spent the first two months since the expulsion in the high school dormitory in Ofrah, north of Jerusalem.
Another group of Morag families - six in number - is living at the caravila site of Nitzan, together with some 300 others from various Gush Katif communities.
"It cannot be denied that Morag has fallen apart," said one former resident currently living in Nitzan. "We just hope that the six of us, and possibly others, will remain together when our permanent homes are finally built." When will that be? "The truth is, we don't know. We are hoping for a permanent community outside Nitzan, but the government says that at least 200 families must sign up - and so far, there are only 130. So the uncertainty continues..."
A succinct update on other Gush Katif communities:
* Approximately 40 of 50 Gan-Or families are in Nitzan.
* Tel Katifa - currently in Even Shmuel, just south of Kiryat Gat and east of Ashkelon, hoping to move to new caravans in Even Shmuel.
* Netzer Hazani - must choose between Avnei Eitan in the Golan and Ein Tzurim (not ready yet) in the south.
* Atzmonah - some, joined by others from Gush Katif, are in the Faith City encampment, near Netivot in the western Negev. They are hoping that a caravila site will be ready within 2-3 months in the northern Negev/Lachish region so that they can build a new community there. Other families have made new homes in Yated, in the Halutza Sands area, south of Gaza.
* Netzarim - most in Yevul, in Halutzah Sands area, and some in Karnei Shomron, until housing units are ready in the Shomron city of Ariel.
* Moshav Katif - many to King Sha'ul Hotel in Ashkelon, some to Yad Binyamin, some to Atzmonah, and some on their own.
* Shirat HaYam - waiting for Prime Miniser's approval to move to Maskiyot in the Jordan Valley.
* Kfar Darom - still waiting to move into high-rise building in Ashkelon.