Kibbutz in Israel’s south is thriving despite rocket fire

13.03.2012                      19.Adar. 5772

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Kibbutz in Israel's south is thriving despite rocket fire

Recruitment drive for Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, which lies on the Gaza border and adjacent to Egypt frontier, yields new members and candidates.

Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, which lies on the Gaza border and adjacent to the Egyptian frontier, was having much difficulty recruiting members because of the problematic security situation; but then the leaders of the tiny cooperative community decided to change their approach and appeal to potential candidates' idealism. The campaign has worked. From 15 members two years ago, the kibbutz now has 22 members and 16 candidates for membership.
Uzi Manor, a resident of Be'er Yaakov, south of Tel Aviv, and a candidate for membership, arranged to spend this past weekend at the kibbutz. "When they invited me for Shabbat along with my family, to see if I was really a suitable candidate, I went with pleasure, but I will never forget this Shabbat, most of which I spent in a shelter," Manor said. "Every five minutes there were sirens and we heard explosions. It was absolutely terrifying."…