Nostalgia Sunday – Kibbutz Centenary
The Kibbutz Movement launched its centennial celebrations last week with the message that collectivism is alive and well. These are glad tidings for a movement that was declared dead and gone time and time again over the past few decades. The Kibbutz Movement reports that a growing number of young people – singles and families – are seeking to join kibbutzim, either as permanent members, or as non-member residents.
A few more statistics: there are currently 256 kibbutzim in Israel (including 16 religious kibbutzim), most located in Israel’s outlying periphery. The total registered kibbutz population is approximately 106,000 persons, of which over 20,000 are children under the age of 18.
Every kibbutz celebrates the anniversary of its founding and many have begun uploading videos and slideshows about their histories to YouTube and the Kibbutz Movement site. Here are just a few:
Kibbutz Gvat – Photos by Amatzia Ben-Dor
Collective Adventure – Kibbutz Negba
En Gev Pioneers 1937
Kibbutz Shaar Golan 70th Anniversary
Tel Yosef – Then and Now
Gesher HaZiv Seniors – Youth – oral history project