Lavi

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Lavi
Kibbutz Lavi.jpg
Lavi is located in Israel
Lavi
Lavi
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
Website www.kibbutzlavi.co.il

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.

History[edit]

The kibbutz was founded in 1949 by the British branch of Bnei Akiva, a religious Zionist youth movement. 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 first 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 program in Lavi has been open for children at the Jewish Free School in London The same opportunity was also opened for the King David School. The group stays in the Kibbutz for 9 weeks, while learning the nearby school and touring the country.

Economy[edit]

The kibbutz main income sources are 1) Different types of agriculture, 2) A unique carpentry workshop which manufactures furniture for synagogues, 3) a hotel which is famous for its friendly service and its ability to serve also the Jewish orthodox group, and 4) Kibbutz members who work outside and whose salaries belong to the kibbutz.

The village 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.

Because of Lavi's central location in the Lower Galilee Lavi, many tourist sites are within comfortable walking distance or less than 45 minutes away by car: The Lavi forest, The Horns of Hittin, Nabi Shu'ayb which is regarded by the Druze to be the burial site of the biblical Jethro, The Zipppori National Park and Safed are a few well-known examples.

References[edit]

  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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