One of the world's most fascinating societies and a potent symbol of the state of Israel, the kibbutz seems to be on the point of collapse as radical changes in its founding principles threaten its very existence. Focusing on the human story, journalist Daniel Gavron movingly portrays the fears, regrets, and hopes of members of kibbutzim ranging from traditional to modern, agricultural to urban. As an integral part of Israeli life, the kibbutz's disappearance would change Israeli society dramatically and permanently. Jews and all those interested in Israel will find this book a compelling portrait of a country trying to hold onto its past while facing its future.
Daniel Gavron has been a reporter for the Israel National Radio and the Jerusalem Post. He is the founding editor of Palestine-Israel Journal and the author of Walking Through Israel and Israel After Begin.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Uncertain Future Part 2 Part I: What Happened? Chapter 3 Degania: Starting Out Chapter 4 Givat Brenner: Flagship in Stormy Seas Chapter 5 Hasolelim: Repairs in Midflight Chapter 6 Neve Yam: Surviving Collapse Chapter 7 Hatzerim: Proving It Can Work Part 8 Part II: What Went Wrong? Chapter 9 The Collapse of 1985 Chapter 10 The Limits of Education Part 11 Part III: Faces of the Future Chapter 12 Maagan Michael: Divorce Settlement Chapter 13 Kfar Ruppin: Capitalist Kibbutz Chapter 14 Ein Tzurim: No Immunity Chapter 15 Tammuz: Urban Commune Chapter 16 Samar: Touching Utopia Part 17 Conclusion Part 18 Glossary Part 19 Selected Biblography Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Author