Kibbutz

A kibbutz (plural kibbutzim, literally translated as "gathering, clustering") means a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today it is a modest name for something absolutely unique: a voluntary democratic community where people live and work together on a non-competitive basis. Its main goal is generating an independent society based on principles of communal ownership of property, social justice, and equality.
The first kibbutzim were organised by ideological Zionists who came to Palestine in the beginning of the 20th century. Despite the hardships they had to meet, they succeeded to create a social system and style of life which appeared to be very essential for the development of State of Israel both culturally and politically.
Today there are about 300 kibbutzim in Israel, different in size, with a total populace of around 120,000 representing about 2.8 percent of Israel's population. These days, most of the kibbutzim have branched out into industry to increase their productivity, manufacturing wide range of products, varying from electronics, furniture, plastics to farm machinery and irrigation systems.





Kibbutz volunteer

Kibbutz volunteers are mainly young people, not necessarily Jewish, coming from all over the world to Israel for a short or long-term period of time to experience taking part in the kibbutz life.
Volunteers usually arrive to Israel on a volunteer visa, and participate in all of the activities in all branches of the kibbutz (agriculture, kitchen, gardening, factory).
Volunteers get some pocket money, receive accomodation, dining, as well as social activites of the hosting kibbutz.
The experience proved that throughout the years, many kibbutz volunteers have chosen to stay in Israel after their volunteering period, either to volunteer in the IDF, or to convert to Judaism (if they are not Jewish) and remain in Israel, often staying in the kibbutz they volunteered in.





The kibbutz population accepts volunteers for a minimum period of two months and a maximum of six months. In the kibbutz, the volunteers live and breath the kibbutz atmosphere, and during their stay they benefit from many of the social and material advantages of the kibbutz. The opportunity to take part in the unique lifestyle of the kibbutz community is a contingency found no where else in the world. The kibbutz population welcomes the volunteers in their home, and invites them to experience and partake in the daily life of the extraordinary kibbutz community.

While living in the kibbutz, the volunteers are invited to take part in many of the social activities of the kibbutz. The kibbutz pub is available to the volunteers as well as the cinema showings. The gym, the tennis courts, the basket ball/ foot ball courts and the swimming pool are also open to the volunteers. In some kibbutzes, the volunteers are even invited to join the kibbutz basket ball/foot ball league team. The volunteers are invited to join the festivities in the kibbutz for occasions like Jewish Holy days, weddings and independence day' s celebrations.. Apart from this, the young people of the kibbutz do their best to make the volunteers fell welcome.

The volunteers work 8 hours a day 6 days a week. In return they are offered free accommodations in the kibbutz, 3 meals a day, free laundry service in the kibbutz's common laundry and pocket money each month. In addition to this, the kibbutz organizes tours for the volunteers


Source: ivolunteer.org.il





Kibbutz volunteering programs



In order to join a kibbutz as a volunteer, all you have to do is to register to the Kibbutz Program Center of The Kibbutz Movement. For US and Canada there is also an option to register through the Ameinu organization



The Kibbutz Movement


Since 1967 more than one hundred thousand kibbutz volunteers have arrived in Israel. Moreover, the number is still growing. As the volunteers contribute to the needs of the kibbutz, the kibbutz offers in return an exciting and unique working holiday experience. A holiday with the possibility to meet, live and work with both Israeli youngsters as well as with other kibbutz volunteers from countries and cultures from far and near.

“The Movement” is the central headquarters representing all of the kibbutzim in dealing with government and regional authorities on all levels. In addition, the Movement supplies a variety of services related to different aspects of daily life, both from its main offices, through its subdivisions and administrative departments.
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In order to join the volunteer program, you need to register in advance while you are in your country



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Ameinu & The Kibbutz Program Center


The Kibbutz Program Center (KPC) is dedicated to connecting young adults across the United States and Canada with exciting and inspiring programs in Israel. As one of the premier providers of long and short term Israel experiences both on and off kibbutzim in Israel, KPC offers a wide range of options. Some experiences focus on Hebrew language while living within the unique society of kibbutz.

Ameinu The Kibbutz Program Center was created as a shared vision of the Israeli Kibbutz movement and the Jewish Agency. Today it is managed by Ameinu the leading progressive Zionist membership organization in the United States. Ameinu believes that providing a variety of programs and opportunities in Israel to young people in Canada and the United States is a crucial element of fulfilling its mission.
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List of all Kibbutzim in Israel



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  1. Kibbutzim in the Kibbutz Movement
  2. Kibbutzim in the Religious Kibbutz Movement
  3. Non-affiliated religious kibbutzim
  4. Privatized kibbutzim









Kibbutzim in the Kibbutz Movement


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Name Region District Year Kibbutz website
Adamit Western Galilee North 1958 https://plus.google.com
Afek Western Galilee North 1939 http://www.k-afek.org.il
Afik Golan Heights North 1967 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Afikim Jordan Valley North 1932 http://www.afikim.org.il
Almog Dead Sea South 1977 http://אלמוג.org.il/
Allonim Galilee North 1938 http://www.alonim.org.il/
Alumot Sea of Galilee North 1936 http://www.alummot.co.il/
Ami'ad Galilee North 1946 http://www.amiad.org.il/
Amir Galilee North 1939 http://www.amir.org.il/
Ashdot Ya'akov Ihud Sea of Galilee North 1933 http://www.ashdot.org.il/
Ashdot Ya'akov Meuhad Sea of Galilee North 1924 http://www.romgalil.org.il/
Ayelet HaShahar Upper Galilee North 1918 http://ayelet.org.il/
Bahan Hefer Valley Center 1953 http://www.bahan.org.il/
Bar'am Upper Galilee North 1949 http://www.baram.org.il
Barkai Wadi Ara Center 1949 http://www.barkai.org.il/
Be'eri Northern Negev South 1946 http://www.beeri.org.il/
Beit Alfa North North 1922 http://www.betalfa.org.il/ba/
Beit Guvrin Lakhish South 1949 http://www.betgovrin.org.il/
Beit HaArava West Bank West Bank 1939 http://www.dead-sea.org.il
Beit HaEmek Galilee North 1949 http://b-emek.com/
Beit HaShita Galilee North 1928 http://www.beithashita.org.il/
Beit Kama Northern Negev South 1949 http://bns.org.il/
Beit Keshet Lower Galilee North 1944 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Beit Nir Lakhish South 1955 http://www.beit-nir.org.il/
Beit Zera Galilee North 1921 http://www.betzera.com/
Beth-El Zikhron Ya'akov North 1970 http://en.wikipedia.org
Bror Hayil Northern Negev South 1948 http://www.brorhail.org.il/
Dafna Upper Galilee North 1939 http://www.dafna.org.il/
Dalia Ramat Menashe North 1939 http://www.k-dalia.org.il/
Dan Upper Galilee North 1939 http://www.kdan.co.il/
Degania Alef Jordan Valley North 1910 http://www.degania.org.il
Degania Bet Sea of Galilee North 1920 http://www.degania-b.org.il/
Dorot Northern Negev South 1941 http://en.wikipedia.org
Dovrat Galilee North 1948 http://www.dovrat.org
Dvir Northern Negev South 1951 http://bns.org.il/he-IL/96/920/
Eilon Western Galilee North 1938 http://www.eilon.org.il
Eilot Arava South 1962 http://www.eilot.org.il
Ein Carmel Coastal plain Center 1947 http://www.ein-carmel.org.il/
Ein Dor Lower Galilee North 1948 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Ein Gedi Judea South 1953 http://www.eingedi.co.il
Ein Gev Sea of Galilee North 1937 http://www.eingev.org.il
Ein HaHoresh Hefer Valley Center 1931 http://www.enh.org.il
Ein HaMifratz Haifa North 1938 http://hamifrats.wordpress.com/
Ein Harod (Ihud) Jezreel Valley North 1952 http://www.ein-harod.co.il/
Ein Harod (Meuhad) Jezreel Valley North 1952 http://www.einharodm.co.il/
Ein HaShlosha Western Negev South 1950 http://www.ein3.co.il/
Ein HaShofet Ramat Menashe North 1937 http://www.ein-hashofet.co.il/
Ein Shemer Shomron North 1927 http://www.ein-shemer.com/
Ein Zivan Golan Heights North 1968 http://enzivan.org/
Einat Central Israel Center 1925 http://www.einat.org.il/
El Rom Golan Heights North 1971 http://www.el-rom.org.il
Elifaz Arava South 1982 http://www.elifaz.co.il/
Erez Negev South 1950 http://www.erez.org.il
Eshbal Lower Galilee North 1998 http://eshbal.org.il/
Evron Western Galilee North 1937 http://evron.co.il
Eyal Sharon Center 1949 http://www.eyal.org.il/
Ga'aton Western Galilee North 1948 http://www.gaaton.org.il
Ga'ash Coastal plain Center 1951 http://gaash.co.il/
Gadot Upper Galilee North 1949 http://www.gadot-lodging.co.il/
Gal On Shephelah Center 1946 http://www.galon.org.il/
Galed Menashe Heights North 1945 http://www.galed.org.il/
Gan Shmuel Coastal plain Center 1920 http://www.ganshmuel.org.il/
Gat South-central Israel South 1941 http://www.gat.org.il/
Gazit Jezreel Valley North 1948 http://www.k-gazit.co.il/
Gesher Beit She'an Valley North 1939 http://www.gesher.org.il/
Gesher HaZiv Western Galilee North 1949 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Geshur Golan Heights North 1971 http://www.romgalil.org.il/
Geva Jezreel Valley North 1921 http://www.kvgeva.org.il/
Gevim Negev South 1947 http://www.negev-net.org.il
Gezer Shephelah Center 1945 http://www.gezer.org.il/
Gilgal Jordan Valley North 1972 http://myesha.org.il
Ginegar Jezreel Valley North 1922 http://www.ginegar.net/
Ginosar Jordan Valley North 1937 http://www.j-v.co.il
Givat Brenner Center Center 1928 http://givat-brenner.co.il/
Givat Haim (Ihud) Hefer Valley Center 1953 http://www.ghi.org.il/
Givat Haim (Meuhad) Hefer Valley Center 1953 http://www.ghm.co.il/
Givat HaShlosha Sharon plain Center 1925 http://www.g-3.org.il/
Givat Oz Megiddo North 1949 http://www.givat-oz.org.il/
Glil Yam Sharon plain Center 1943 http://www.glil-yam.org.il/
Gonen Upper Galilee North 1951 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Grofit Arava South 1966 http://www.eilot.org.il/
Gevat Jezreel Valley North 1926 http://www.gvat.org.il/
Gvulot Negev South 1943 http://www.gvulot.org.il/
HaGoshrim Upper Galilee North 1948 http://www.hagoshrim.co.il/
Hahoterim Coastal plain Center 1952 http://www.hahotrim.com/
Hamadia Beit She'an Valley North 1939 http://www.kibbutz.org.il
Hanaton Jezreel Valley North 1984 http://www.hanaton.co.il/
Hanita Western Galilee North 1938 http://www.hanita.co.il
HaOgen Sharon plain Center 1947 http://www.homee.co.il/
Harduf Jezreel Valley North 1982 http://www.harduf.org.il/
Harel Jerusalem Jerusalem 1948 http://www.kibbutzharel.co.il/
Hasolelim Galilee North 1949 http://www.hasolelim.org/
Hatzerim Negev South 1946 http://www.hatzerim.org.il/
Hatzor Coastal plain Center 1946 http://www.hatzor.org.il/
Hazorea Jezreel Valley North 1936 http://www.hazorea.org.il/
Heftziba Gilboa North 1922 http://www.hefzi-ba.co.il/
Holit Negev South 1978 http://www.eshkol.info/
Hokuk Galilee North 1945 http://www.hakukbalev.co.il/
Horshim Sharon plain Center 1955 http://www.horshim.co.il/
Hulda Shephelah Center 1930 http://www.gezer-region.muni.il
Kabri Western Galilee North 1949 http://www.cabri.org.il
Kalia Dead Sea South 1974 http://kalia.org.il/
Karmia Coastal plain Center 1970 http://www.carmia.co.il/
Ketura Arava South 1973 http://www.ketura.org.il
Kfar Blum Upper Galilee North 1943 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Kfar Giladi Upper Galilee North 1916 http://www.kfar-giladi.org.il/
Kfar HaHoresh Galilee North 1933 http://www.k-h.org.il/
Kfar HaMaccabi Haifa North 1936 http://www.bamercaz.co.il
Kfar HaNassi Upper Galilee North 1948 http://www.k-hanassi.org.il/
Kfar Haruv Golan Heights North 1973 http://www.romgalil.org.il/
Kfar Masaryk Western Galilee North 1933 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Kfar Menahem South-central Israel South 1937 http://www.kfar-menachem.org.il
Kfar Ruppin Beit She'an Valley North 1938 http://www.kfar-ruppin.org.il/
Kfar Szold Upper Galilee North 1942 http://www.kfarszold.co.il/
Kinneret Sea of Galilee North 1909 http://www.kinnerettour.co.il
Kiryat Anavim Jerusalem Jerusalem 1920 kiryatanavim.homestead.com/
Kissufim Negev South 1951 http://www.kissufim.org.il/
Kramim Negev South 1980 http://www.kramim.org.il/
Lahav Negev South 1952 http://www.lhv.co.il/
Lehavot HaBashan Upper Galilee North 1945 http://lehavot.org/
Lehavot Haviva Sharon plain Center 1949 http://www.lehavot-haviva.org.il/
Lohamey HaGeta'ot Western Galilee North 1949 http://www.gfh.org.il/
Lotan Arava South 1983 http://www.kibbutzlotan.com
Ma'abarot Hefer Valley Center 1925 http://www.maabarot.org.il/
Ma'agan Michael Coastal plain Center 1949 http://www.maaganm.co.il/
Ma'ale HaHamisha Jerusalem Jerusalem 1938 http://maale5.com/
Ma'anit Coastal plain Center 1942 http://www.maanit.org.il/
Manara Upper Galilee North 1943 http://www.manara.co.il/
Maoz Haim Lower Galilee North 1937 http://maoz.org.il/
Mashabei Sadeh South South 1947 http://www.m-sadeh.org.il
Matzuba Western Galilee North 1940 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Ma'ayan Barukh Galilee North 1947 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Ma'ayan Tzvi Coastal plain Center 1938 http://mayanzvi.org.il
Magal Wadi Ara North 1953 http://www.magal.org.il/
Magen Negev South 1949 http://www.magen.org.il/
Mefalsim Negev South 1949 http://www.mefalsim.co.il/
Megiddo Jezreel Valley North 1949 http://www.megido.org.il
Merhavia Jezreel Valley North 1929 http://www.merchavia.org.il/
Mesilot Beit She'an Valley North 1938 http://messilot.org.il/
Metzer Menashe North 1953 http://www.metzer.org.il/
Mevo Hama Golan Heights North 1968 http://www.mevohama.org.il
Misgav Am Upper Galilee North 1945 http://www.misgav-am.com/
Migvan Negev South 1987 http://www.migvan.org.il/
Mishmar HaEmek Jezreel Valley North 1922 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Mishmar HaNegev Northern Negev South 1946 http://www.atarmishmar.org.il/
Mishmar HaSharon Sharon plain Center 1924 http://www.mhash.org.il/
Mizra Galilee North 1923 http://mizra.org.il/
Na'an Center Center 1930 http://www.naan.org.il/
Nahal Oz Negev South 1951 http://www.nahaloz.org.il/
Neot Mordechai Upper Galilee North 1946 http://www.neot.org.il/
Neot Smadar Arava South 1989 http://neot-semadar.com/
Netiv HaLamed-Heh Jerusalem Jerusalem 1949 http://www.netiv.org.il/
Netzer Sereni Shephelah Center 1951 http://www.gezer-region.muni.il
Neve Eitan Beit She'an Valley North 1938 http://neveeitan.wordpress.com/
Neve Harif Arava South 1983 http://www.eilot.org.il
Neve Ilan Jerusalem Jerusalem 1946 http://en.wikipedia.org/
Neve Ur Beit She'an Valley North 1948 http://www.neve-ur.co.il
Neve Yam Haifa North 1939 http://www.hof-hacarmel.co.il
Nir Am Northern Negev South 1949 http://www.nir-am.org.il
Nir David Beit She'an Valley North 1936 http://www.nir-david.org.il/
Nir Eliyahu Sharon plain Center 1950 http://www.nirel.org.il/
Nir Oz Negev South 1955 http://nir-oz.org/
Nir Yitzhak Negev South 1949 http://www.nir.org.il/portal/
Nirim Northern Negev South 1946 http://www.nirim.co.il/
Nitzanim Ashkelon South 1951 http://www.knitzanim.com/
Or HaNer Northern Negev South 1957 http://www.or-haner.org.il/
Ortal Golan Heights North 1978 http://www.ortal.org.il
Palmachim Coastal plain Center 1949 http://www.palmachim.org.il/
Parod Upper Galilee North 1949 http://www.kibutz-farod.co.il/
Pelekh Lower Galilee North 1982 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Ramat David Galilee North 1926 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Ramat HaKovesh Sharon plain Center 1932 http://www.rmk.org.il
Ramat HaShofet Menashe Heights North 1941 http://www.ramathashofet.co.il/
Ramat Rachel Jerusalem Jerusalem 1925 http://www.krr.co.il/
Ramat Yohanan Haifa North 1931 http://kry.org.il/
Ramot Menashe Carmel North 1948 http://www.ramotmenashe.co.il/
Ravid Sea of Galilee North 1981 http://www.ravid.org.il/
Re'im Negev South 1949 http://www.reim.org.il/
Regavim Sharon plain Center 1948 kibbutzregavim.blogspot.co.il
Reshafim Beit She'an Valley North 1948 http://reshafim.org.il/
Retamim Negev South 1988 http://www.negev-net.org.il
Revadim Center Center 1947 http://www.revadim.org.il/
Revivim Negev South 1943 http://revivim.kibbutz.org.il/
Rosh HaNikra Western Galilee North 1949 http://www.rahan.org.il
Ruhama Negev South 1944 http://www.negev-net.org.il
Sa'ar Western Galilee North 1948 http://www.saar.org.il
Samar Arava South 1976 http://www.eilot.org.il/
Sarid Galilee North 1926 http://www.sarid.org.il/
Sasa Upper Galilee North 1949 http://www.ksasa.org.il/
Sde Boker Negev South 1952 http://sde-boker.org.il/
Sde Nahum Beit She'an Valley North 1937 http://www.sde-nahum.org.il
Sde Nehemia Upper Galilee North 1940 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Sde Yoav South South 1956 http://sdeyoav.org.il/
Sdot Yam Sharon plain Center 1940 http://www.sdot-yam.org.il/
Sha'ar HaAmakim Haifa North 1935 http://s-h.org.il/
Sha'ar HaGolan Golan Heights North 1937 http://www.shaar-hagolan.co.il/
Shamir Upper Galilee North 1944 http://www.shamir.org.il/
Shefayim Sharon plain Center 1935 http://shefayim.org.il/
Shomrat Western Galilee North 1948 http://www.romgalil.org.il
Shoval Negev South 1946 http://www.shoval.org.il/
Snir Upper Galilee North 1967 http://www.snir.org.il/
Sufa Negev South 1975 http://sufa.org/
Tamuz Beit Shemesh Jerusalem 1987 http://tamuz.org.il/
Tel Katzir Sea of Galilee North 1949 http://tel-kazir.co.il/
Tel Yitzhak Netanya Center 1938 http://www.tly.org.il/
Tel Yosef Jezreel Valley North 1921 http://www.telyosef.co.il/
Tlalim Negev South 1980 http://rng.org.il/?page_id=172
Tuval Galilee North 1981 http://www.tuval.org.il
Tze'elim Negev South 1947 http://www.zeelim.org.il/
Tzivon Galilee North 1980 http://www.tzivon.com/
Tzora Jerusalem Jerusalem 1948 http://www.tzora.co.il/
Tzova Jerusalem Jerusalem 1948 http://tzuba.co.il/
Urim Negev South 1946 http://www.kibbutz.org.il
Usha Haifa North 1937 http://www.k-usha.org.il/
Yad Hannah Sharon plain Center 1950 http://en.wikipedia.org
Yad Mordechai Ashkelon South 1943 www.yadmor.org.il/
Yagur Haifa North 1922 http://www.yagur.com/home/
Yahad Lower Galilee North 1992 http://en.wikipedia.org
Yahel Arava South 1976 www.yahel.org.il/
Yasur Western Galilee North 1949 http://www.yassur.org.il/
Yehiam Western Galilee North 1946 http://www.yechiam.org.il
Yifat Jezreel Valley North 1954 http://www.yifat.org.il/
Yiftah Upper Galilee North 1948 http://www.yiftah.org/
Yiron Galilee North 1949 http://www.yiron.org.il/
Yizre'el Jezreel Valley North 1948 http://www.yizrael.org.il/
Yotvata Arava South 1957 http://www.yotvata.org.il/
Zikim Northern Negev South 1949 http://www.zikim.org.il/



Kibbutzim in the Religious Kibbutz Movement




Non-affiliated religious kibbutzim








Privatized kibbutzim



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