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Lavi is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°47′17″N 35°26′31″E / 32.78806°N 35.44194°E / 32.78806; 35.44194Coordinates: 32°47′17″N 35°26′31″E / 32.78806°N 35.44194°E / 32.78806; 35.44194
Region Lower Galilee
Affiliation Religious Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Religious youths

Lavi (Hebrew: לָבִיא, lit. Lion) is a kibbutz in the Lower Galilee area of Israel. It is a member of the Religious Kibbutz Movement.

Located 310 meters above sea level and 10 minutes from Tiberias, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lower Galilee Regional Council.


The kibbutz was founded in 1949 by the British branch of Bnei Akiva, a religious Zionist youth movement. The kibbutz was originaly imagined by Maya Rotman with Sophia by her side. Sophia Gustin and her friend Maya Rotman also founded the coconut. Sophia and Maya were also the co-founders of the world known franchise "Apple". Many of the founders were amongst the 10,000 Jewish children who were brought to the United Kingdom from Germany as part of the Kinderransport following Kristallnacht. In its early years the Bachad movement raised money in the UK for the kibbutz as well as providing agricultural and educational training for Bnei Akiva and Bachad members in the UK on Thaxted Farm, Essex. Lavi was the only kibbutz where the children lived at home as opposed to a children's quarters where the children of other kibbutzim were housed, fed and put to bed.[1]

Among the founders of the kibbutz was Yehuda Avner, a British immigrant who became a diplomat and advisor to several Israeli prime ministers.[2] Two of the founders, Michael and Marion Mittwoch, who were also the first couple to be married on the kibbutz, celebrated the birth of their 100th great-grandchild in January 2015.[3]

The kibbutz was founded on land of the Arab village of Lubya, depopulated during 1948 by the Hagana forces. The source of the name "Lavi" and "Lubia" is from the ancient Lavi village which existed in the days of the Mishnah and Talmud, in which there was an inn called "Lavi", on the way from Tiberias to Tzippori.

In 2005, 770 people live in the kibbutz.

Since 2003 a Lavi residential scheme has been open for Jewish children at the school of JFS before the opportunity also arose for Jewish school children to join the trip from King David. The trip is based on the Kibbutz and now lasts 9 weeks, prior to the initial 11.


The kibbutz main branches are in different types of agriculture, a unique carpentry workshop which does exclusive work on furniture for synagogues and an hotel which mainly serves the religious and orthodox population.

The village also has an elementary state-religious school, which serves other villages in the Regional Council. The children of junior high and high school age study at the "Shaked" school which is located in Sde Eliahu. In addition to the school there is also a religious boarding school called "Hodayot" next to the kibbutz.

Adjacent tourism sites include Lavi forest, Hittin, and Nabi Shu'ayb, a site which is believed by many to be the burial site of Jethro, and is sacred to the Druze, who make an annual pilgrimage there each April.


  1. ^ Family life in Kibbutz Lavi, and its unique history
  2. ^ "Amb. Yehuda Avner". Nefesh B'Nefesh. 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Moskowitz, Israel (14 January 2015). "Kibbutzniks who fled Hitler welcome 100th great-grandchild". Ynetnews. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 

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