Alumim

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Alumim
The sign "Alumim" in the kibbutz entrance
The sign "Alumim" in the kibbutz entrance
Alumim is located in Israel
Alumim
Alumim
Coordinates: 31°27′5.75″N 34°30′48.95″E / 31.4515972°N 34.5135972°E / 31.4515972; 34.5135972Coordinates: 31°27′5.75″N 34°30′48.95″E / 31.4515972°N 34.5135972°E / 31.4515972; 34.5135972
Council Sdot Negev
Region Negev
Affiliation Religious Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1966
Founded by Former Bnei Akiva members
Population (2011) 430[1]
Website www.alumim.co.il

Alumim (Hebrew: עֲלוּמִים, lit. Youth) is a kibbutz located in the north-western Negev desert in southern Israel. Located close to the Gaza Strip, it falls under the jurisdiction of Sdot Negev Regional Council. In 2011 it had a population of 430.[1]

History[edit]

The kibbutz was established in 1966 as a border settlement with Egypt by Bnei Akiva members from a Nahal gar'in. Its land had belonged to the Religious Kibbutz Movement since the 1940s and was previously farmed by kibbutz Be'erot Yitzhak, which was relocated as a result of its destruction in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

Over the years other Nahal groups joined the kibbutz, as well as groups of immigrants from World Bnei Akiva. The largest groups from abroad came from the United Kingdom. Today Alumim has about 140 members, in around 70 families. About 20% of the membership are immigrants from the UK.

The children from Kibbutz Alumim study up to ninth grade at the Regional school Da"at at neighbouring KIbbutz Saad. High school they study at different schools around the country though many at The KIbbutz School at Yavne.

Economy[edit]

Alumim is based on agriculture and tourism. Alumim has maintained the classic kibbutz collective life style. Each member receives an allowance based on his or her needs (size of family, age of children etc.). The allowance is not connected to the occupation of the member. There are no monetary incentives for any form of work. Chores such as serving in the dining hall, guard duty at night, milking the cows at the weekend are done on a rota basis. They produce and sell carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and other organic products [2] as well as avocado, chickens, and peppers.[3] The kibbutz guest house has 22 self-contained apartments.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kibutz Alumim - Vegetables, Vegetable Products". The Food World. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Kibutz Alumim: Branches". Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Kibutz Alumim: Tourism". Retrieved 2013-03-24. 

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