When in the Negev (in southern Israel), be sure to visit the Joe Alon Bedouin Hertitage Center in Kibbutz Lahav, near Beer-Sheba.
The museum exhibits are authentic and comprehensive, and will give you a good understanding of what Bedouin life in Israel is like.
Learn how is a Bedouin tent built? What is the woman's role in the family? Where does the word "camel" originate? How are the Bedouins of St. Catherine's monatery in Sinai different from other Bedouin tribes? What's the life of Bedouin fishermen like? How does the transition from nomadic life to permanent dwellings in towns and settlements go?
Then move on to the hospitality tent, sit down with your legs crossed, have a cup of hot sweet tea and listen to a breathtaking account of Bedouin stories and traditions told by a local.
Here you can see Zohara and Laya with the small bottles that the Forestry Service sells to you to fill with your harvest. Each bottle sells for 10 shekel, which lets you pick the olives, receive instruction in preservation and also a guided tour in the area....The bottles contain about a kilogram of olives or a little more.
During the month of October, the Forestry Service holds an annual festival here in the Lahav Forest. They bring people who teach you how to harvest and prepare several types of olives. We took the opportunity to fill several large containers and learn how to preserve them in processes that have changed very little over the last several thousand years...today we use glass or plastic bottles instead of clay or porcelin.