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Israeli families fleeing rat-race revive once-doomed kibbutzim

 Reuters 08 June 2019

Twenty-five years ago kibbutzim, collective communities traditionally based on agriculture, seemed all but doomed in Israel. But the last few years have seen a surprising turnaround, with young families seeking to escape the high cost of living and alienation they find in cities for a cheaper, rural lifestyle in a closely knit community. "It's brought a spirit of renewal to the kibbutz. I'm happy that what my grandparents began here will go on,” says one young Israeli. Reuters investigates. (926 Words) - By Maayan Lubell

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Children sit on bales of hay at the annual harvest festival in Kibbutz Degania Alef on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel May 23, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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