Samar, Israel

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Samar
Sports field
Sports field
Samar is located in Israel
Samar
Samar
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 (2015) 274[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 2015 it had a population of 274.[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 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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Mrs. Green's Market Now Carries Dates from Kibbutz Samar and Ardom Co-op members
  3. ^ "First "Solar Tower" in Israel will be Inaugurated in the Arava" (in Hebrew). Ynet. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.