In early 2020 I connected with the popular Youtuber Sergio and Rhoda. We were going to film about the little-known springs of John the Baptist, and we did. But we also got to film about me and my childhood, in a religious Kibbutz.
What’s a Kibbutz?
A kibbutz is like a communal farm. All members get an equal share of the farms’ profits, and all give a hand in operating it. I like calling it “Micro Communism”, as it is fulfilling the communist utopia of equality and lack of classes. Sadly, like communism in general, the Kibbutz concept also failed. Today almost all kibbutzim are privatized and capitalized. Ironically only very wealthy Kibbutzim can “afford to be communist.” Moreover, the kibbutz where I grew up was one of the few that was religious. That means that the whole community would meet for prayers, and especially on Saturday (Shabbath) and holidays. I still remember the excitement of me leading the Shabbath prayers when I was 13, celebrating my Bar-Mitzvah.
Touring a Kibbutz
Many Kibbutzim today have guest houses or hotels. It is quite an interesting experience to spend some time in a kibbutz and learn about its special social structure. It is also possible to volunteer in a kibbutz. While you are not paid, your expenses are covered, and it’s a great opportunity to mingle with Kibbutz members, and other volunteers. Even if you don’t have much time, try to set at least a lunch break in a Kibbutz to get a quick impression of it.