Celebrating 50 Years of Kibbutz Volunteers

Celebrating 50 Years of Kibbutz Volunteers
October 8th-12th 2018

Nir Meir,
Secretary General and CEO
of the Kibbutz Movement

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence and coincides with the 50th anniversary of our international volunteer programme. As head of the Kibbutz Movement, I didn’t want to let this event pass without recognising your invaluable role as volunteers in strengthening not only our movement but Israeli society as a whole. The highlight of our 50 Year celebration of international volunteers at the Kibbutz Movement will be a guided tour on the theme “Kibbutz volunteers of the past, present and future”. The tour will showcase the history of the Kibbutz as well as explore the news ways in which Kibbutzim are facing the challenges of the modern world. I hope you will find it of interest and to meet you soon in Tel Aviv. Once again, thank you on behalf of all our members and the people of Israel.

Join our 50 years celebration from 8 to 12 October 2018

Leaving from Tel Aviv, after a short meet-and-greet, we will travel north to Kibbutz Ortal, where we will be based in the idyllic surroundings of the Golan for the first two days.
On the first day, we will visit two of the earliest Kibbutzim both located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In Degania, we will tour the Pioneer’s Courtyard and Um Juni, the first ever Kibbutz house. Afterwards, in Ein Gev we will ride the Freedom Train, a 30-minute tour of the Kibbutz grounds. We will finish the day with a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and a BBQ with current international volunteers.

The second day, we will look at more modern Kibbutzim and the challenges they face. We begin with a morning of “volunteering” alongside the Hashomer Hachadash, who have taken a leading role in renewing the link between Zionism and working the land of Israel. We will then visit the scenic Mount Bental to better understand the complexities of living close to the Syrian border and the role played by Kibbutzniks in defending Israel’s frontiers. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the chocolate factory in Kibbutz Ein Zivan and the craft industries and winery of Kibbutz Ortal, before dinner in the dining hall and traditional folk dancing.

The last day, we head back to Tel Aviv in the morning where you will have the choice to go on a walking tour, join our conference on the impact of international volunteers on Israeli society and the Kibbutz movement or you may want to enjoy some free time. In the evening, we will conclude our celebrations with a send-off party in central Tel Aviv.
Should you want to take the opportunity to visit the Kibbutz in which you volunteered, we are more than happy to help facilitate this for the following day.
As places for the trip are limited we highly recommend you book your place early.

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