Progressive Jews to start kibbutz in Israel


(JTA) — A dozen members of Habonim Dror, a North American Labor-Zionist youth movement, said they intend to immigrate to Israel and found a kibbutz.

Seven Americans and five Canadians in Habonim Dror (the Builders of Freedom), a movement founded in 1935, will make aliyah in September and live together in a so-called urban kibbutz in Haifa.

Hoping to emulate the kibbutz model of old, the young new Israelis will pool their income and make decisions by consensus. They will cook and share religious meals, celebrate holidays and study together.

"We’re moving to Israel because we care deeply about the people of Israel and because we have faith in the progressive Zionist dream of Herzl, Ben Gurion, A.D. Gordon and others,” said group member George Stevens, originally of Philadelphia, in a statement. “We see rising tensions between Jews and Arabs and the erosion of the social safety net, and we want to work toward a society based on cooperation and mutual responsibility instead.”

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