Hazorea, 1930s. Photo: Asher Benari
Parting. Photo: Yoel Lotan, Mishmar Haemek
Photo: Mordu, Yakum
Nahal member. Photo: Mordu
Near lathe. Photo: David Perlmuter, Kfar Menachem
Barn workers in Ein Dor. Photo: Yehoshua Zamir
Photo: Bitmuna

80 years of kibbutz life

Photography exhibit marking 80th anniversary of pioneering settlement organization "Hashomer Hatzair and The Kibbutz Artzi" to be launched next week in the Knesset. Here are some photos to be displayed at exhibition, commemorating moments of desperation and grief alongside hope and vision

In 1927, during the Passover holiday, members of four kibbutzim – Ma'abarot, Merhavia, Mishmar Haemek and Ein Shemer – met in a shed at the kibbutzim camp in Bat Galim, at the foot of Mount Carmel, and decided to found a pioneering settlement organization named "Hashomer Hatzair and The Kibbutz Artzi".


One of the organization's duties was to unite efforts and resources in order to settle the land with the pioneering members' great faith in an equal, socialistic society, despite the shortage and poverty of those years.


Eight years have passed since that day. Amidst moments of desperation and grief, hope and vision, 85 kibbutzim were founded across the country and on its borders.


On the occasion of the 80th anniversary, a photography exhibit will be launched at the Knesset next Tuesday, including photographs by members of the Kibbutz Artzi.


Two months later, ahead of the State of Israel's 60th anniversary celebration, the exhibition will be transferred to the Yad Yaari Center for Research and Documentation of Hashomer Hatzair Movement and of the Kibbutz Artzi Federation in Givat Haviva.


In this article we present a number of photographs from this exhibition, which have been collected and stored at the Hashomer Hatzair archive in Givat Haviva.


An exhibition of the works of late photographer David Perlmuter of Kibbutz Kfar Menachem was opened at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv on February 7. Several of Perlmuter's photographs are presented here.


1. "And the seeding will be a sign of alliance between us and this land." Photo: David Perlmuter, Kfar Menachem


2. Building in Kibbutz Hazorea, 1930s. Photo: Asher Benari


3. Working in vegetable garden on backdrop of Homa Umigdal (overnight settling in Mandatory Palestine)


4. Photo: Tuvia Rivner, Merhavia


5. Israel's first president, Chaim Weizmann, during visit to Mishmar Haemek in the 1930s. Photo: Yoel Lotan


6. Mapam leader Meir Yaari at Kibbutz Barkai. Photo: Riva Segal


7. Children with flags, Kibbutz Hazorea. Photo: Asher Benari


8. Tu B'Shvat, Kibbutz Hazorea. Photo: Asher Benari


9. Holiday. Photo: Asher Benari


10. May 1 march


11. Generation discussion. Photo: Dragner, Kibbutz Sarid


12. Fruit picking in Kibbutz Sarid. Photo: Dragner


13. Volunteers at Kibbutz Sarid. Photo: Dragner


14. Tug-of-war. Photo: David Perlmuter


15. Volleyball. Photo: Shmuel Beeri


16. Photo: David Perlmuter, Kfar Menachem


17. Field meal. Photo: Zvi Marcus, Mizra


18. Grandma Rosenkrantz at the yard of the Merhavia cooperative. Photo: Tuvia Rivner


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