Approximately 400,000 individuals around the world have once been a Volunteer on Kibbutz in Israel. Most are not Jewish or had any idealogical reason to be in Israel, except, maybe, for the ideals of Kibbutz Life.
These ex-volunteers consistently express how their Kibbutz experience remains as one of, if not their most, treasured memory in their life. Irrespective of where in the world these people now reside, and despite the rising trend of anti-Israel opinion around them, they generally remain affectionate, compassionate supporters of Israel, even years or decades later.
A group and page called ‘Kibbutz Volunteer Club’. has been created on Facebook. It is a channel that has clearly been needed, making it possible for such individuals to express their positive feelings towards the country. Please visit the group and page, as well as the website www.kibbutzvolunteerclub.com to see the remarkable positivity expressed by a quickly growing membership of kibbutz volunteers from all over the globe.
In contrast to the seemingly constant negative opinions and news towards Israel these days, the enthusiasm from the majority of those that have joined the Facebook Group is truly like a breath of fresh air. Clearly, those who have experienced Israel on the ground, have a more valid understanding and greater insight to the complexities that exist in Israel.
Their testimonies and experience has obvious tangible value to any organisation or individual involved in working for the interests of Israels’ global public image. It is essential the relationships between such individuals and Israel is preserved and cultivated.
We seek support for our dual mission. First, as part of the general effort to capitalise on these friendships and to ensure such friends do not feel undervalued, to organise various Kibbutz Volunteer Reunions and Events, in Israel and throughout the world. Occasions, such as the 70th anniversary in 2018, are ideal opportunities to shine a light on these (non Jewish, non political) fans of Israel. Especially as these Volunteers have played a part in the modern history of the state. The events will also be a basis for promoting a positive story related to Israel.
Secondly, we intend to re-energise the current Kibbutz Volunteer Programme, to make it as relevant for these current times, to a level as it once was. What a missed opportunity it would be if in another few decades, Israel had not created another generation of friends throughout the world.