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Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

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Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

Looking recommendations for friends visiting Israel.

About 10 years ago I took such tour with my family at a Kibbutz not far (north of) Tel Aviv. A local Kibbutz member guided us through the kibbutz small museum, and we had a very nice tour of the current kibbutz facilities on board a wagon pulled by a tractor, anyone knows what kibbutz is that, and if they still offer such tours?

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1. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

Check out this posting which asked a similar question. One possibility of the kibbutz you are referring to could be Ein Shemer.

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2. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

Beerot Yitzchak, which is near Petach Tikvah is perfect. In includes a short tour of the kibbutz as well as hands on visit to the 'farm' where kids and adults get to experience kibbutz life in the olden days (kibbutz life has changed so much that it's hardly recognizable).

Beerot Yitzchak is much closer than Ein Shemer to Tel Aviv.

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3. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

Thanks for the info. I didn't find much info on their website about the tours, I will give them a call and see what is actually available.

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4. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

Just an update.

Beerot Yitzchak doesn't seem to have something organized for tourist visits. I couldn't even find out a correct phone number to have details, and there is absolutely nothing in their website.

Ein Shemer seems to be the place I visited 10 years ago, they still have the museum and the tractor guided tour, they told me to make reservations in advance because they have school field trips visiting them often and then it is hard for them to give the proper personalized attention to a foreign family. My feeling is that they are the only ones exploring this tourist opportunity and even then very poorly marketed, it is a pity, I do feel the potential for a good professional tourist experience on a kibbutz could be huge.

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5. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

There are often questions posted here by tourists who are looking for the "kibbutz experience". They want to see the communal, socialist and egalitarian farm community that they have read about. The problem is that these communities don't exist in this form any more. Almost all of the kibbutzim have been "privatised" during the last 20 years. Any tour that advertises the "kibbutz experience" would be essentially fraudulent; "Visit an Israeli farm" would be more accurate.

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6. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

I understand what you mean but I do believe you can be marketing appealing without being dishonest.

When I took the tour at Ein Shemer it was really a great experience, they clearly showed us the past and present kibbutz life without hiding nothing. The past with the very simple, extremely socialist, purely agricultural and idealistic society and the current Kibbutz which changed so much. Our kibbutz guide explained to us why the changes occurred and it did help us to learn and understand the subject in a light fun experience.

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7. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

There are kibbutzim who do make arrangements for tours and explanations of kibbutz life focusing on the changes that have taken place. These services tend to be available to tour groups and I would rather doubt they would arrange for individual families. You will find these up in the Galilee, most likely places with large guest houses, and not around the big cities.

There are still a few kibbutzim that cling to a more socialist model. My son lived at Kibbutz Geva as a volunteer a few years ago during his gap year. He was paid in 'kibbutz money' for his spending money and the dining room was still open for at least 2 meals a day. I visited him with my friends (born kibbutzniks) with whom I was staying at another kibbutz. They were really surprised that so many of the 'traditional' kibbutz structures were still in place, especially the kibbutz money which they hadn't seen in many years. Change was afoot then, and even these more traditional kibbutzim needed to change to stay financially viable so it probably isn't the same now as it was 5 years ago.

Having said all this, Chana is a guide and she likely knows the contact for Beerot Yitzchak. While marketing may not a strong point, my experience is that there are so many great things you can do in Israel if you just ask so don't discount this place just yet.

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8. Re: Kibbutz tour for non Israeli tourist with children

The tour at Ein Shemer is excellent and professional. They have a lot of options as well. You can do the tour in a couple of hours, or you could do an extended tour spending the whole day there. And although it's true that most kibbutzim are privatized, Ein Shemer is one of the few which is not. Another great kibbutz to visit which is not privatized is a religious kibbutz near Beit Shean called Sde Eliyahu. Here is their website: http://www.seliyahu.org.il/

Their tour is not as well developed as the one at Ein Shemer, but it's unique because it's a religious kibbutz.

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