Samar, Israel

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Samar
סמר
سامار
Sports field
Sports field
Samar is located in Southern Negev region of Israel
Samar
Samar
Coordinates: 29°50′0″N 35°1′19″E / 29.83333°N 35.02194°E / 29.83333; 35.02194Coordinates: 29°50′0″N 35°1′19″E / 29.83333°N 35.02194°E / 29.83333; 35.02194
CountryIsrael
DistrictSouthern
CouncilHevel Eilot
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded1976
Founded byHashomer Hatzair members
Population
 (2019)
279[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 2019 it had a population of 279.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

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]

Infrastructure[edit]

Most of Samar's electricity is set to be provided by a 30 m solar power tower that provided 100 kilowatts of electricity, 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  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. ^ ""מגדל השמש" הראשון בישראל ייחנך בערבה" [First "solar tower" in Israel will be inaugurated in the Arava]. Yedioth Ahronoth (in Hebrew). June 10, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2019.

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