Tuesday, 27 March 2012

ABC Wednesday, K for Kibbutz

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.We started round 10 of the fascinating meme of ABC. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with K.


A kibbutz is a collective community based on acriculture in Israël. The first kibbutz, Degania Alef, was founded in 1910.

Men and women had to work in the fields, and factories. The children were playing and later studying under the supervision of trained nurses and teachers.
Everything was shared. People didn't get payed for their work, but they had everything they needed, like board and lodging, education. Meals were taken together

In addition to its 350 cow dairy herd, crop fields, almond orchards, banana, date and avocado plantations, Degania Bet industrialized in the 1960s with Degania Sprayers, now a green industry; in 1984 it opened the Degania Silicone factory. An additional source of income is its kibbutz cottage tourist accommodation, and it specializes in organized bicycle tours. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle.

On our trip to the north of Israel we stayed in the kibbutz Deganya Bet and from this place we took dayly the bus to visit the sights around the Sea of Galilee.
Our group consisted of 44 members.




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26 comments:

anthonynorth said...

They are an amazing social experiment.

Sylvia K said...

They are amazing indeed! I know you are enjoying such a wonderful trip, Wil! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us. Your captures are terrific!! Enjoy the remainder of your visit!!

Sylvia

Leslie: said...

Sounds like you're really enjoying your visit to Israel.

Leslie
abcw team

Carver said...

Great word and post. You took some wonderful shots in Israel. Sounds like a great trip. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

I volunteered one summer (MANY years ago) on a kibbutz. I worked in the fields climbing trees and picking pears. The kibbutz, Kibbutz Saad was in the Negev (south) and so we were in our trees by 5:00AM and finished by noon. LOADS of fun and a fascinating view into a very different world.

If I'm not mistaken, Kibbutz Degania was featured in the file Exodus. I also think it was filmed on location and you may want to see what it looked liked over 50 years ago.

Great post, enjoy the rest of your travels.

photowannabe said...

What a beautiful place. The Kibbutz certainly seems to work well. Perhaps we should all take a lesson from it.
Enjoy your holiday in a fascinating land.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have always thought it rather a strange philosophy Wil, but as long as the members enjoy that way of life then I am sure it is right for them.

Roger Owen Green said...

This always seemed to make sense to me - a sense of KOMMUNITY.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jaime Clark said...

How very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Jane and Chris said...

I've always been fascinated by Kibbutz living.
Jane x

Arkansas Patti said...

Wonderful post Wil. I loved learning about something I know so little about. I do think I could live like that but will probably never get to find out.
How lucky for you to see it in person.

Paula Scott said...

So, that's what a kibbtuz looks like? I thought they were really primitive, but not so! Enjoy the rest of our trip!

Dianne said...

How wonderful to stay in a Kibbutz and see how they operate... This one looks very modern and well cared for and a great subject for a K word.

ChrisJ said...

I had a college friend who went to live and work in a kibbutz in the 60's. Lost touch with her afterwards, but she died young with an undiagnosed faulty heart problem. I'm sure they loved her there in the kibbutz. I remember her as a sweet and hard working girl.

Marie said...

What a great place to stay, and how interesting to learn about the kibbutz there!

Wanda..... said...

Your photos of Israel have been lovely....it must for very inpiring to be there.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful setting and surroundings.

Korean Souvenir
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Kay said...

I didn't expect a kibbutz to look like that. It's really quite luxurious. I'm so glad you're having such a great time.

Dina said...

Nice memories of our stay in Degania Bet, Wil. My favorite parts were their breakfasts and the hammock. :)

Vagabonde said...

Very nice photos. I guess these kibbutz are like communes in the US but they are more upscale.

Ann said...

Are you still is Israel? Hope you are having a great trip.

Ann said...

WOW, I learne a lot from your post. Very interesting way of living.
Ann

Genie said...

This is one out of this world trip you are experiencing. I am so envious. I have so many Jewish friends, and I would give my right arm to go to Israel. I can tell you are having a great time. genie

Sylvia K said...

I've always wondered what a Kibbutz looked like and this one is so lovely!! I know you had a wonderful time getting to see so much of Israel and having Dina for such an incredible guide!! I'm sure you've stored up lots of wonderful memories, Wil!! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Gattina said...

I remember that a lot of young Germans went to work in a Kibbutz or building new once in the 50th for the people who survived the concentration camps and others of course. That way they wanted to do something for what their parents or at least the Hitler government had done to the Juifs.

Nydia said...

Lovely place! Than you for this informative post. This is a very interesting subject... Enjoy your time! :o)

Kisses from Nydia.