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Part 5: Inventing Our Life examines the kibbutz movement at 100 years old, facing a rocky past and a promising future

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The documentary Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment looks at the kibbutz movement at 100. In the fifth and final installment of the work in progress, filmmaker Toby Perl Freilich considers the movement’s future. For a sneak peek of the film’s rough cut, please join us at the JCC in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m., for a screening and panel discussion co-sponsored by Tablet Magazine.

SEE PART 1: Toby Perl Freilich introduces Inventing Our Life
SEE PART 2: The birth of kibbutzim and their service to the nascent Jewish state
SEE PART 3: Growing up on a kibbutz
SEE PART 4: The third generation

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This is superb work. I believe this film will become a standard source for information about the kibbutz movement.

Please post a list of some of the sources you used.

Chloe Bornstein says:

yes, i thought the kibbutz was only ever meant to survive, and not to make money. i felt this was a problem when i lived there. i do believe the kibbutz produced exceptional children. everyone i know who left kibutz is a huge success. the kibbutz could have created “gazillions”, but i don’t think that was ever the intention from the begining, because of the ideals they held. they were/are exceptional in every way.

Just a heads up to any that may be interested, there’s a documentary film already out and screening called Keeping the Kibbutz. It chronicles the change in one Israeli kibbutz through the eyes of some of its most devoted members. It includes original music and never before seen archival footage of kibbutz Kfar Giladi. You can view a trailer and learn more at

David Z says:

It’s an interesting story, and very well presented, and one which die-hard socialists and anarchists should watch.

A couple of high points: “Money allows us to preserve our values” at 7.23. Heh, that’s nice, considering that the basic kibbutz principle is the abolition of private property. Presumably that principle is not so important after all.

And the fact that electricity consumption fell by 30%, and that food consumption dropped when people had to pay for what they consumed. And that the kibbutzes were going bankrupt due to inefficiency. And that parents who wanted to look after their own children were expelled. All of which makes it clear that the principles of libertarian socialism can never be adhered to for long, if at all. In any case, a commune is simply a form of self-interested corporation.

The kibbutzes are now just slightly different kinds of gated communities – which it arguably what they always were. They were always about property rights, not socialism.

Aristotle~ It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most men live only for the gratification of it.


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