Nostalgia Sunday – Kibbutz Centenary

October 10, 2010 - 8:15 AM by

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 AnniversaryTel Yosef – Then and Now

Gesher HaZiv Seniors – Youth – oral history project


2 Comments on Nostalgia Sunday – Kibbutz Centenary

  1. Rosemarie McGinty on Fri, Nov 26th 2010 6:06 PM
  2. Looking for assistance – doing family history search – have a letter written from Kibbutz Gesher Haziv in 1973 from Rich Anderson to his parents in Maple Shade NJ, USA – can you please advise how I might be able to trace his whereabouts today?

    Thank you

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