Once Upon a Time on a Kibbutz


Kibbutz Hefzibah. 1981 – 82. An international brigade of volunteers heroically laboured in exchange for Friday night disco, coffee & tea gatherings in each others rooms, cow chocolate, sitting out on the grass, coffee house bikkies, hiking up Gilboa, our shacks rattled by sonic booms, trooping down to Sachne for swims, aerogrammes, movies half obscurred by multiple subtitles, visits to the juggling falafel stand in Afula and great weather (and peace and happiness for all of humankind, of course!). The musical accompaniment is Wonderful World by Jimmy Cliff. There’s a Hefzibah Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4744638014&v=info

Originally published elsewhere on 31 July 2006.
**The beach image shown is not Israel. Some IT person at the source needs to earn their bread and water.


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    LN said…

    Oy va voy, what memories! Thanks Veloroo, for putting Hefzibah on the map here! Hard to imagine though that it is … eh … 26 years ago. Latest I was back was 2004 and a lot has changed, like Sahne/Gan HaShlosha became a touristic spot (already in ’92) and even on top of the mountain you’ll find buses and cyclist groups etc. And the road (coming in from Afula) isn’t anymore via the prison, but the track via the fish ponds now is the “main” road. No volunteer shacks anymore like in the old days, in fact hardly any volunteers whatsoever … life on kibbutz has changed enormously – e.g., no “chadar oggel” as we knew it …

    25 July, 2008 16:36
    Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was a volunteer in kibbutz hefzibah in 2002…from january till august…best times of my life

    great to see your video dude 🙂

    peace to all!



    18 October, 2009 17:53

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