ISQOLS International Symposium & Site Visit: Quality-of-life in Kibbutz Communities
Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz, Israel, March 15-18th, 2020
A Kibbutz (pl. Kibbutzim) is an “Israeli collective settlement. both agricultural and industrial. In traditional Kibbutzim all wealth is held in common. Profits are reinvested in the settlement after members have been provided with food, clothing, and shelter and with social and medical services. Adults have private quarters, but children are generally housed and cared for as a group. Cooking and dining are in common.” (source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/kibbutz). In many current Kibbutzim most of these characteristics have transformed with major impact on QOL and also on Life expectancy.
Long-time ISQOLS member and emeritus professor of Univ. of Haifa, Israel, Dr. Uriel Leviatan, extends a warm invitation to the ISQOLS community to come and explore quality-of-life as it relates to “kibbutzim” in his home of kibbutz Ein Hamifratz, with accommodations at the neighboring Kibbutz (Kfar Masaryk) . The tentative schedule (see below) includes three-full days of planned activities, lectures, education, and tours --- all designed to give the participants a clear overview of the benefits of traditional kibbutz living as it relates to quality-of-life, happiness, wellbeing, and longevity. The focus will be on how traditional social arrangements in kibbutzim were important in positively affecting these outcomes and how changes in these arrangements affect them negatively. Not only will participants learn from local experts, they will each get hands-on experience by lodging, eating, and learning in an actual Kibbutz community.
Tentative Program and Schedule:
March 15th, Day 1. Arrival in Kibbutz Kfar Masarik (Near the city of AKKO) getting settled in their B & B place. (Best way is to take the train from Ben Gurion Airport to Akko (about 2 hours, about 44 NIS). A taxi from Akko to Kfar Masaryk (about 10-15 min, about 50 NIS.)
March 19, Day 5:
Participants departures home
ISQOLS Member: $300 USD
ISQOLS Non-Member: $375 USD
(costs depends on the number of participants (15 assumed). Cost may change depending on actual negotiations.)
Registration Fee includes:
Transportation to and from all planned activities on March 16, 17, 18; Guided tour of Nazareth; Social club access in Kibbutzim; Lunch on March 16, 17, 18; Guided visit to Knights Hall in Akko; Dinner on March 16, 17, 18; lectures.
Cultural performance might be added.
Airfare to and from Tel Aviv; Lodging
Tourists with foreign Passports who pay with foreign currency are not charged with VAT , which is 17% . Thus the lodging should be paid by individuals.
The Kfar Masaryk facility has only 10 rooms for singles (and it is about 340 NIS per room, while the double units and are about 390 for two) . However, the units for families have separate rooms in them and people can share without a problem.
Estimated lodging rates for March 15, 16, 17, 18, - 4 nights
340 NIS/night = 1360 NIS = $ 390.46 USD to for 4 nights
Total estimated costs for participant:
$300 USD Registration Fee + $390.50 USD lodging = $ 690.00 USD (+ airfare)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 30
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read program flier here:
ISQOLS Symposium Site Visit Quality-of-life in Kibbutz Communities Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz Israel.pdf