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Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

by David Leach,
The Jerusalem Post, October 14, 2016

In 1988, David Leach, a 20-year old Canadian, dropped out of school after breaking up with his high school sweetheart and traveled to Israel to live on a kibbutz. A Christian raised on Sunday school stories featuring ancient Biblical place names like Gethsemane, Golgotha and Galilee, Leach was attracted to “an exotic land, filled with history, adventure, and camaraderie.” Most of all, like many kibbutz volunteers who flocked to Israel in the 1980s, he wanted “to live like a utopian.”


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