Educators’ Kibbutzim and Groups
Hashomer HaTzair Life Movement works to establish educators’ Kibbutzim – in the spirit of “Tikkun Adam – Tikkun Olam” (Literally: Mending human – amending the world): creating a mission-pioneering community, that leads the educational and social action in its area, and becomes an idea and cultural focul point, alongside developing a cooperative and equal lifestyle.
The educators kibbutz is an innovative achievemnt model that incorporates a cooperative and a mission-oriented lifestyle. The communal life is shaped by the members of the kibbutz and allows different and diverse living arrangements that are suited for each kibbutz and each member personally, and are closely connected to a wide national movement.
Throughout the country there are over 40 educators’ groups that reside in educators kibbutzim and operate a variety of social-educational facilities. In each Kibbutz live between 30-100 educators who are responsible for educational activity with 500-2,500 children, youth and adults in their area.
The Life Movement works on recruitment, training and shaping the groups, as well as creating the physical and mission infrastrcutre to establish more educators kibbutzim all over Israel. Each year we are joined by more members and more kibbutzim which expand the national reach of the Life Movement and allw its members to reach new and diverse communities.
The educators' kibbutz in Rehovot was established in 2010 and includes members between the ages of 30-37. The members of the kibbutz operate in the city where they are in charge of the Social Justice Center, which has also established branches in other cities in the area, and creates meaningful relationships between many of the residents of surrounding cities. In addition, the members of the kibbutz coordinate the activities of the youth movement and the Nachshonim Youth Homes in the different neighborhoods in the city. Within the city we conduct diverse activity of the kibbutz members for the benefit of integrating populations from different sectors and creating unity among them to create a municipal identity that outweighs the neighborhood and ethnic identities.
The educators' kibbutz in Nahariya was established in 2012, and includes member between the ages of 24-27. After they complete their National Mission period at the Nahal (IDF), the kibbutz members remained in the northern city, and established the educators kibbutz, which operates many educational facilities for children and youth around the city. In addition, the members lead the culmination of municipal educational activities during the summer, in collaboration with the city council and the City Without Violence Program. In addition, the kibbutz members are responsible for operating social and educational programs under the different project of the Live Movement.
The Givat Haviva Educators' Kibbutz was established July 2012, in cooperation between the Life Movement and the Menashe Regional Council. We have 30-40 members residing in the Kibbutz, which is located within the campus of Givat Haviva. Since it's establishment it has expanded and welcomed new members from the movement.
The Kibbutz members work in different facilities of the graduate movement in educational and coordinating positions, as well as in local establishments, with the aim of creating an encounter between different groups in Israeli society around content of Zionism, love of country and pioneering.
With that in mind, the kibbutz members operate substantial activity in which the residents of the area participate, including the Menashe regional council, Wadi Ara, Hadera and Pardes Hanna, and through these activities we create encounters of social action, co-existence and mutual vision.
The kibbutz members work on developing educational and teaching programs for the schools of the regional council, teachers’ training, joint Jewish Arab activities, and leading and guiding the activity at the Moreshet Center for teaching and legacy of the holocaust. The members are also among the founders of of the Social Justice Center in Hadera and the Cleaning Cooperative for Arab women in Wadi Ara.
The educators' kibbutz in Beer Sheva was established in 2012 and includes members between the ages of 23-26. Beer Sheva is a wonderful ground for action by kibbutz members, both in the urban city level, and as a base from which members go out to activities throughout local councils and villages in the area, including surrounding the Gaza Strip. In Beer Sheva itself we have widespread youth activities in formal and informal educational frameworks. The kibbutz members serve as counselors in different activities by the graduate movement and lead educational processes throughout the entire Southern area, promote equality and social action, and address the needs of thousands of program participants on a day to day basis, including in times of distress and armed conflict.
The Netanya Educators' Kibbutz was established in 2016 and includes members between the ages of 22-25, who operate the different facilities of the Life Movement and serve as counselors, throughout the Sharon district, in cities, villages and Kibbutzim. The Educators Kibbutz in Netanya is a young kibbutz, which has become a training center for Beit Hayotzer groups: members of the young graduate movement in their first years in the movement. In addition to the educational missions they lead, members focus on internal training and meaningful learning processes and shape their lifestyle accordingly.
The educators' kibbutz in Nes Tziona was established in 2015 and includes members between the ages of 22-25, who operate the different facilities of the Life Movement and serve as counselors throughout the entire center district. The kibbutz has become a training center for Beit Hayotzer groups: members of the young graduate movement in their first years in the movement. In addition to the educational missions they lead, members focus on internal training and meaningful learning processes and shape their lifestyle accordingly.