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Northern Negev/Shaar Hanegev Regional Council/Kfar Aza

 Community Location

Kibbutz Kfar Aza, belonging to Shaar Hanegev regional council, is located on the Saad Highway, between Sderot and Netivot, app. 6 km east of Gaza.

Traveling Times: 60 minutes from Tel-Aviv, 15 min. from Ashkelon, 40 min from Beer-Sheva, 10 min from Sderot and 10 min from Netivot.



 General Information

Kfar Aza is a secular kibbutz in process of expansion, with 200 families.

In the course of the last decade Kfar Aza underwent a process of considerable change which included privatization in most areas of life.

Today, Kfar Aza is a kibbutz in which the community remains socially involved in societal and communal systems - such as education, health and culture. Simultaneously, the members enjoy considerable independence in the management of their economic matters. This model of group management is known as "safety net" model. The inner culture of the community is its source of pride. All the cultural activities in the kibbutz are shared by the members and neighborhood residents. Neighborhood residents can choose the cultural activity they want to participate in and among the multiple circles provided to the whole population, children and adults alike, free of charge.

In the kibbutz: Clinic, swimming pool, play yard, grocery store, gym, children's farm (animals' corner), student dwellings, pub, alternative clinic, second-hand shop, art gallery, library, second-hand bookstore (Itamar Levy's) and editing studio.

Average ages: 30-50

Age groups:

Children 0-3: 50

Children 3-6: 50

Children 6-13: 100

Youth 13-21: 100

Adults 21-120: 370

Absorption Process: Currently the kibbutz is not prepared to absorb new members, but it does open its gates and invites families to build a house in the communal neighborhood and enjoy all the kibbutz services without being a member.

A family is interested to build a house in the neighborhood undergoes an absorption process which includes reception committee and sending a document written by their own hand to a graphologist. Once they're accepted, the building process is escorted by the administrative coordinator and the absorption process is escorted by the neighborhood promoter (Orit Zadikovich).



 Building in the Community

Expansions: The kibbutz offers you the community "Naot Deshe" neighborhood where it is possible to purchase land lots of 0.5 acres. The resident can choose among 4 types of models, starting with 115 m2 and up to 195 m2. In January 2006, neighborhood's population was 38 families, feeling that they are part of the extended Kfar Aza family.

Renting in the Kibbutz: There is a possibility of renting, although the priority is given to members and those building their house in the neighborhood.

Grants and Bonuses: There are benefits in the income tax and discounts in property tax for Gaza surrounding settlements.



 Employment and Entrepreneurship in the Community

Employment in the kibbutz and its vicinity: Jobs publication in the kibbutz is public and open, first of all to the members and neighborhood residents with the necessary skills. Kfar Aza lies 60 min. from Tel-Aviv, 15 from Ashkelon and 40 from Beer-Sheva, 10 minutes from the Negev College, Kiryat ha Hunuch, Sderot and Netivot. Most of the residents (members and neighborhood) work outside the kibbutz, in the Southern region and in the Center. Highway 6 shortened the distances and the railway station in Ashkelon, inaugurated in April 2005, brings the kibbutz residents closer to the business center and Tel-Aviv (another station is planned nearby the Negev College).

Production in the kibbutz: in 1973 the kibbutz founded "Kafrit" industrial plant that manufactures raw materials for the plastic industry. The factory, located inside the kibbutz, employs the services of 140 workers, 80 of them kibbutz members and app. 60 hired. Since 1993 "Kafrit" is a publicly issued venture and has a directory board. The factory is the main source of income of the kibbutz.

Approximately 80 members work outside the kibbutz, usually in the area, including regional school and across Israel, in private, public and self-employed businesses.

Current agriculture includes SKM (Shelkhin / Kfar-Aza / Mefalsim), agricultural crops on a territory of 16,000 cultivated acres, dairy cowshed, fattening coop, garage that also serves customers from outside, Alon Gas Station, locksmith's workshop, yard services which also include carpenter's workshop, gardening, water systems maintenance including heat farming.

Local Entrepreneurship: In the recent years the kibbutz witnessed business entrepreneurship development by its members, in the kibbutz itself and outside: "Sincopa-Sound", Amplification and Lighting Company, para-medical and supplementary medicine occupations, fitness club, arts workshop, design studio, playground - inflating facilities for children.



 History

Kfar Aza was founded in 1957 by members of the NAHAL Core from various places in Israel. The name is after a rural community located nearby the city of Gaza. When the kibbutz was founded, there was no problem to call the kibbutz by a name including the friendly Arab city- Gaza, where the members were going on Saturdays to buy jars, pitas and bath in the sea. In the meantime, things have changed …

Foundation Process: Kfar-Aza, belonging to the TKM (United Kibbutzim Movement) was founded in 1951 but was abandoned in 1955. The Union of Groups and Kibbutzim immediately organized a company of members from other kibbutzim, which held the place in 1955-1956, until the organization of the NAHAL Core comprised from graduates of the Working and Learning Youth Movement and the Tzofim. Kfar-Aza was eventually re-founded in January 1957. Today, there are still 9 original members of the aforementioned core, celebrating their 70th birthday. The kibbutz was augmented by 25 graduates of the NAHAL, members of other kibbutzim, new immigrants and local Israeli residents and graduates of the youth movement. From the book "Kfar Aza, with Love and Humor": "The year is 1957. The mess hall is located in a small shack in the center of the kibbutz. One morning Dalya told Esther and Ditza the kitchen workers: 'Mazal Tov! Tonight two mice got married in the kitchen'. Seeing the puzzled looks around, she explained: 'Why married? They broke a glass cup…!' "

Nowadays the kibbutz begins jubilee festivities planned to encompass the who year and end with a great musical for the whole family.


Link to Community's Site



 Contact
Name Role Telephone mobile E- Mail
Orit Tzadikovich   08-6802927 050-6492352     

ROOMS@KFAR-AZA.ORG.IL

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