Kibbutz Revivim is located in the Negev
desert in southern Israel
half an hour south of Be'er-sheba
. Revivim was founded in the summer of 1943. The kibbutz offers a Hebrew school (Ulpan) for new immigrants and operates numerous subsidiaries in various fields including industry, agriculture, commerce and services. Revivim counts today around 800 members and 6 international volunteers. The volunteers generally work in the service branches of the kibbutz, including: kitchen, laundry, etc.
In kibbutz Revivim there are several programs, which also include learning Hebrew and working in the various work branches of the kibbutz. Among these programs there are: First Home in the Homeland (a program for new immigrants which lets them live in the kibbutz with lower cost and to study Hebrew), Groups (Revivim hosts groups of Jewish youth from overseas that come to Israel for year programs),Kommuna (Revivim hosts a group of young people of army age giving a year of service to the State. They combine work in education and agriculture with work in the kibbutz and the area and enrichment studies).
Culture and education have been developed over the years. By the 1950s, a community center (named after Eliyahu Golomb) was built and in it a library, a memorial room for those killed in the war, and a reading hall. In 1976 this center became part of the Golda Culture Center that also includes a theater hall that serves the entire region. Six libraries are available on the kibbutz itself - a general Hebrew library, a library for children, a reading room (with non-fiction and academic reading material), an English library, a Russian library, and a library for the Ulpan that has books in a variety of languages.
The old dwelling of the first settlers in Revivim was reconstructed with the aid of the Keren Kayemet (KLL) and other official budgets. The place is now turned into a museum of the first Jewish settlement in the Negev, The Revivim Mitzpe. In 2000 an official stamp dedicated to the Mitzpe was issued.
In 2003 an educational-tourist attraction was opened in Revivim, called Hai Negev. This attraction was built in a unique style to include animals whose native habitat is the Negev. In a little area set as an African village children can engage in recreational activities.
Today the kibbutz has over 800 acres of olive trees, about 8000 acres of arable farming, a cowshed with 800 milking cows, and a chicken coop that hatches 17 million eggs a year. The metal factory was closed in 1970 and replaced by a plastic factory, called Raviv. As of 2000, Revivim owns Raviv together with a strategic business partner. On that year, the production of car fuel tank venting systems was separated from Raviv and turned into a factory called Raval, which employs around 400 people. Revivim encourages business initiatives and enterprises of individuals within it, and these are often developed into small businesses.