By Naama Sabar
Less than what conditions may kibbutz-born youth depart a society which symbolizes, greater than the rest, the Zionist dream? Naama Sabar explores this question by means of interpreting the lives of a bunch of Israeli emigrants dwelling in l. a. within the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties. via wide interviews during which those kibbutzniks proportion their existence tales, she uncovers what driven them to go away the kibbutz and what pulls them to stay in L.A. The underlying leitmotif is the hunt for id lower than altering conditions."
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If the kibbutz movement wants to tie people to Israel, they'll have to go the way oj the religiOUS nationalists. The religiOUS kibbutz is an ideal solution. Take all the children oj my kibbutz, educate them in a religious kibbutz, and there won't be any yeridah. The kibbutz has changed a great deal and in this generation kibbutz members can do whatever they like. Nothing is sacred. A lot oj strangers who weren't educated in a kibbutz got involved in education as well as in other areas ~f irifluence, and in general, if you have parents outside with money, people think more highly oj you.
He was the secretary of the kibbutz. My mother is a Holocaust survivor, a strong, intelligent woman. She was very beautiful when she was young. My sister was injured in a road accident when she was in the army; she was paralyzed and that was a terrible crisis that shattered my parents. I was very creative. I studied, although I didn't particularly like to. I was sociable and had many friends; I was helpful to people. The kibbutz as a home for children to grow up in is one of the most beautiful things in the world!
A few people from my class began talking to me. No one thanked me in the end, but I didn't care. I did it for myself The kibbutz was in need-and I came to its aid. After the war, I worked at a plant in Herzliya. My job was in market research and product development. I had to interview people from various places. I had a car and a good salary. We were still waitingfor the construc- ABOUT THEMSELVES 39 tion of our apartment to be completed, which took a long time because of the war, and we had to take another loan.
Kibbutzniks in the Diaspora by Naama Sabar