Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Weekend At Yiftah (יפתה)

What a weekend I had at Kibbutz Yiftah (יפתה.) First of all the Israeli Army has now decided that Brett will not be drafted until December 18th. Craziness, but he's go six whole weeks of absolutely nothing to do on Kibbutz Yiftah.

The Weekend:

I arrived at Koah Junction from Egged Bus line 500. I proceeded to hitch hike up the mountain to Kibbutz Yiftah. The bus runs through the Hulah Valley to Qyirat Shmona and stops at every road crossing. The only way up the mountain to Brett's Kibbutz was to hitch. Its not as dangerous or illegal to hitch hike in Israel as it is to in the US.

After arriving I realized that this Kibbutz was much different from Ein Hashofet. First off it is almost 100% privatized. The companies are owned by the Kibbutz, but everything else is not communally owned. The three pubs are owned separately by various Kibbutz members. The rental houses for tourists are owned by members. Basically none of the communal facilities except the dining hall are owned independently. The companies which the Kibbutz owns however are communal in their shareholdings. Very strange dichotomy of socialist and capitalist ideals within one small community.

It was a great weekend with lots of partying and even a quick trip to Qyriat Shmona. I have some amazing photos of the Golan Heights and Lebanon from Brett's Kibbutz.

That's all for now....

1 comment:

Phyllis Sommer said...

sounds like fun and YAY Israeli bureaucracy!

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