Samar, Israel

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Samar is located in Southern Negev region of Israel
Coordinates: 29°49′59.52″N 35°1′18.84″E / 29.8332000°N 35.0219000°E / 29.8332000; 35.0219000Coordinates: 29°49′59.52″N 35°1′18.84″E / 29.8332000°N 35.0219000°E / 29.8332000; 35.0219000
District Southern
Council Hevel Eilot
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1976
Founded by Hashomer Hatzair members
Population (2017) 276[1]

Samar (Hebrew: סָמָר‬) is a kibbutz in the Arabah valley in the far south of Israel. Located near Eilat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 276.[1]


The kibbutz was founded in 1976 by gar'in from other kibbutzim who wanted to form a different kind of community. The name "Samar" is borrowed from a plant that grows in the Arabah and near the Dead Sea.

Samar is one of the few kibbutzim that continues to maintain a lifestyle consistent with the original socialist ideals of the kibbutz movement.


Kibbutz Samar is primarily engaged in growing and exporting organic dates. Dates from Kibbutz Samar and other kibbutzim in the Ardom Co-op can be purchased in the United States at Mrs. Green's Natural Market.[2]


Most of Samar's electricity is set to be provided by a 30 m solar power tower that provided 100 kilowatts of energy, as well as the kibbutz's heating needs. The tower was built by the company AORA, sits on 2 dunams (0.2 hectares), and includes 30 mirrors.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ Mrs. Green's Market Now Carries Dates from Kibbutz Samar and Ardom Co-op members Archived 2008-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "First "Solar Tower" in Israel will be Inaugurated in the Arava" (in Hebrew). Ynet. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.