|Founded||18 April 1949|
|Founded by||Hashomer Hatzair members|
|Website||Beit Kama's Hebrew site|
Beit-Kama is a secular kibbutz that preserves the cooperative mode of life in most areas. It has been traditionally affiliated to the “Hakibbutz Ha’artzi” organization and the “Hashomer Hatzair” movement. It locates at a driving distance of 20 minutes from Beer-Sheva, approximately one hour from Tel-Aviv and similar time from Jerusalem. It is the location of "Nitzaney Hanegev" regional elementary school.
The kibbutz was founded on 18 April 1949 southeast of the Palestinian Arab village al-Jammama, captured and depopulated on May 22, 1948 during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The founders of Beit Kama were immigrants from Hungary who belonged to Hashomer Hatzair movement.
Beit Kama jointly owns one of the largest agriculture cooperatives in Israel, Shikma, together with Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, and operates a large dairy farm. Beit Kama once owned a biomedical company, Kamada. Although these two branches still functioning within Beit Kama they are no longer operated by the cooperative. It has a gas station at its junction on the way to Beer-Sheva.
In 2013, archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a Byzantine era mosaic floor on the grounds of the kibbutz. The red, black, and yellow mosaic is decorated with images of birds, local flora and geometrical designs. An ancient water system with pools and channels was also unearthed.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisisted. Cambridge University Press. pp. xxii, no. 167. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.113 , ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
- Byzantine era mosaic floor found on Negev kibbutz, Jerusalem Post