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    • 15 Mar 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 18 Mar 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Ein Hamifratz, Israel
    Registration is closed

    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: 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

    Registration Fee:  

    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.

    Not included:

    Cultural performance might be added.

    Airfare to and from Tel Aviv; Lodging

    Lodging rates

    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)


    Questions? Email

    Read program flier here: 

    ISQOLS Symposium Site Visit Quality-of-life in Kibbutz Communities Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz Israel.pdf

    • 25 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Erasmus University Rotterdam

    ISQOLS Annual Conference: Rotterdam 25-28, August 2020

    Van harte welkom!

    The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 18th Conference in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The ISQOLS 2020 Conference will offer a forum for discussion of the research findings concerning quality of life, well-being, and happiness.

    The theme of ISQOLS 2020 is Towards a People-First Economy: A World to Win. When we would like to truly improve quality-of-life, we need an economy that does not put shareholders above all stakeholders. Instead we need an economy in which economic growth is not seen as the ultimate goals but as a means to achieve a greater happiness for a greater number of people and in which the purpose of a company shifts from profit maximization to benefit of all stakeholders, also including employees, customers and communities. However, what will it take? Will governments lead us into the next era or will business do so? And finally, can capitalism work for the greater good, transforming the economy into a good and equitable economy, in which everyone can enjoy a good quality of life and feel the benefits of economic growth?

    Please come and join us in Rotterdam for the ISQOLS Conference.

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)




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