Tag Archive for Kibbutz

WATCH: Helen Mirren: ‘Having worked on kibbutz in Israel made me the actress I am’


Award winning super-actress received Achievement Award at Israel Film Festival in Beverly Hills, revealing the impact of her time on Israeli kibbutz shortly after the Six Day War.

By Ari Yashar


Academy Award, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren was honored at the 29th Israel Film Festival on Wednesday at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, where she revealed how her first visit to the Jewish state shaped her career.

Mirren was honored with the Career Achievement Award at the festival, and while there she said her time working at an Israeli kibbutz shortly after the 1967 Six Day War “made me the actress I am.”  Continue Reading »

Hamas Bars Gaza War Orphans from Visiting Israel

Shin Bet approved field-trip for Gaza’s orphans to visit Israel and the PA, to experience what life is outside of the Strip, but Hamas forbids attempt at ‘normalization.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Hamas on Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organizers and officials said – despite Israel making the effort to allow the children to visit.

The week-long visit was planned for 37 children whose parents were killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip in July and August this year. It was organized by an Israeli kibbutz group and local Arab-Israeli officials.

Continue Reading »

Kibbutzniks are no longer core of the IDF officer corps


Relatively high enlistment rates for combat duty by Kibbutzniks continue, but it hides a decline for those continuing on into IDF officer corps.

New joint project hopes to overturn recent trend, hoping a return of kibbutz sabras to forefront of IDF command.

By Matan Tzuri


On Sunday morning, nearly 1,200 young kibbutzniks from across the country will hit the road for a bicycle trek in the south. They will ride 160 km (100 mi) on roads and trails in the Negev, as well as a portion of the Israel-Jordan border. The journey will last a week. Its purpose: Create a connection between the kibbutzniks and the IDF, and motivate them to serve in its combat units

High School kids going to Enlistment center (illustration) - Photo: Yaron Brener

High School kids going to Enlistment center (illustration) – Photo: Yaron Brener

Additionally – the organizers of the trek hope – the trip will imbue these young Israelis with the will to return to serve as officers, like in the good old days remembered by the older kibbutzniks. Continue Reading »

IDF discovers terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to kibbutz kindergarten


Entrance to 1.7km long Palestinian terrorist tunnel was discovered near a kibbutz kindergarten.





The IDF recently uncovered a Palestinian terrorist tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, they announced on Sunday.

A Palestinian transports goods in a tunnel.

A Palestinian transports goods in a tunnel.- Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The tunnel was dug in order to either kidnap civilians and soldiers, or to infiltrate the community and carry out an atrocity in it, the army believes.

The tunnel was over 1.7 kilometers in length and represents a grave attempt by Palestinian terrorists to perpetrate an attack, army sources added.

Continue Reading »

Indian student builds innovative orphanage applying Israeli agricultural techniques


Indian Student comes to Israel studies farming methods used in Kibbutzim, to improve Indian orphanage that tends to impoverish children.



For 33-year-old Joshua Godfrey, studying the farming models of Israel’s kibbutzim firsthand has provided the framework he needs to open a permaculture orphanage back home – on the outskirts of Chennai, southeastern India.

JOSHUA GODFREY – Photo: Courtesy

“I am developing a project where I could demonstrate that permanent agriculture could support orphan female children and elderly women,” Godfrey told The Jerusalem Post during a recent interview in Tel Aviv. “The concept is to bring the two communities together to tailor them as a single-parent family.”

Continue Reading »

The Israeli kibbutz will flourish in South Sudan

Israel’s new ally in Africa, South Sudan, hopes to emulate the success of Israel’s cooperative farming villages by sending 30 gov’t officials to learn Israel’s methods of modern Kibbutz farming.

By Yossi Aloni


Since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has proved to be one of Israel’s most staunch friends in Africa. Now South Sudan is looking to establish new farming village modeled after the Israeli kibbutz.

The Israeli kibbutz in South Sudan

Israel’s new best friend in Africa, South Sudan, looks to emulate the success of the Jewish state’s cooperative farming villages, otherwise known as ‘ kibbutzim’. – Photo: Israel Today

A delegation of 30 government officials from South Sudan recently arrived in Israel in connection with their new nation’s plans to build a network of cooperative farming communities. Continue Reading »

First Druze kibbutz members say they’re ‘enveloped with love’

Haza and Nibal Tafesh, originally from a Galilee village, get warm welcome on southern kibbutz.


A couple originally from a Galilee village made history last week by becoming the first Druze accepted as members of a kibbutz.

The couple, Haza and Nibal Tafesh, have been living on Kibbutz Elifaz in the southern Arava region since 2007, after starting out in the Druze village of Beit Jann. Last week the kibbutz voted by a large majority to accept the couple as full members.

Tafesh says he and his wife fell in love with Kibbutz Elifaz on their first day there. “We were captivated by the place and we integrated very well.

Continue Reading »