When thinking of Israel, the kibbutz is one of the first things that come to mind. The social experiment in collective living celebrates its centennial this year. This collection of papers by Israeli academics examines the kibbutz, its contributions to Israeli society, and its evolution. They cover issues such as the Kibbutz Crisis of 1980, the privatization of the kibbutz, spousal relations on the kibbutz and the moshav, and aging on the kibbutz. They also look at the changes that have occurred in kibbutz life over the years. These include the use of international workers, the development of urban kibbutzim, and the influence of eco-Zionism and ecology. The depiction of the kibbutz in literature and film, and the culture of the kibbutz appear as well. This broad range of topics offers interesting material for study and discussion. The book will be a valuable addition to academic library collections supporting graduate programs in the social sciences, history, and Jewish studies.
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.