Include Some Reform Rabbis ‘city Kibbutz’ Planned in Israel by U.S. Youth

Most of the American Jewish young people who have been reported planning to create an “irvutz,” a city kibbutz in the Jerusalem corridor are affiliated with the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, the Reform seminary and many are Reform rabbis, Jewish Agency aliya officials said here today.

Members of the group, which calls itself “Halom,” hope to pursue their vocations while living as a group, the Agency’s aliya desk here reported. The officials added that the 30 members of the group have “a strong bias toward Reform Judaism” and will try to create a “progressive Jewish community” in the development town of Bet Shemesh, site of the proposed city kibbutz.

The officials said that the American Jews are seeking employment in Bet Shemesh as teachers, social workers and developers of the arts. Once the group has settled in Israel and achieved economic stability, members hope to initiate a variety of community projects. So far, according to the officials, nine of the young American Jews have made a commitment to settle in Israel by the summer of 1975.

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