Kibbutz Yavne: Details

Founded: 1929

Location: In the Southern coastal region, three miles east of Ashdod

Affiliation: The Religious Kibbutz Movement. Hevel Yavne Regional Council

Primary Languages Spoken: Hebrew, English, and German

Population: 900: 400 members, 250 children, 250 volunteers

Climate: Hot and humid in the summer; cool and rainy in the winter

Agriculture: Field crops, such as cotton and fodder, fruit tree orchards, such as olives and avocados, poultry houses and the largest poultry incubator in the country, and a large cow shed.

Industry: The second largest canning factory in the country as well as the only watch manufacturing company in Israel.

Services: Dining room, kitchen, children’s houses, laundry and sewing room, carpentry shop, metal shop, garage, electrical and plumbing facilities, a mini-market, hair dresser, and specialty shops.

Leisure: Yavne boasts a large outdoor sports area, a swimming pool, and a closed circuit TV. Ulpan participants are invited to take part in all cultural and festival events, and enjoy Shabbat with the special flavor unique to a religious kibbutz.

Housing: Ulpan students are housed in a special ulpan dormitory, with separate floors for women and men.

History: The founder of Kibbutz Yavne dreamed of building a cooperative community and building a religious study center in the tradition of ancient Yavne, an ancient city which became a Jewish spiritual center after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The founders, graduates of a pioneering religious Zionist youth movement, organized as a group in 1929 in Germany and began to prepare themselves for agricultural life at training farms in Germany