Shared Convictions Through Shared Checking


| 3/7/2008 2:06:08 PM


Tags: Zionism, communal living, Jewish life,

Urban communes aren’t just for punks and poets anymore. Zionist youth in Brooklyn are moving in together and starting urban kibbutzim, the Jewish student magazine New Voices reports. The urban kibbutz movement is an Israeli import that grew out of twentieth-century agricultural collectives based on ideas of social activism. The article is vague about what activism in Brooklyn entails, mentioning only work in the Zionist youth movements.

Kibbutz members build community through practices such as sharing a checking account and weekly six-hour meetings. This closeness must take a toll on members, but they’re motivated by their convictions. Kibbutz member Daniel Roth says, “We are all interested in working to break down the walls that the capitalist world builds between each of us.”

Lisa Gulya