By Naama Sabar
Below what situations might kibbutz-born children depart a society which symbolizes, greater than the rest, the Zionist dream? Naama Sabar explores this question by means of studying the lives of a gaggle of Israeli emigrants dwelling in l. a. within the Eighties and early Nineties. via vast interviews during which those kibbutzniks percentage their lifestyles tales, she uncovers what driven them to go away the kibbutz and what pulls them to stay in L.A. The underlying leitmotif is the quest for identification less than altering conditions."
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I had always wanted to go into business and I had no patience for studies. I decided first to set up a business and then to study, but despite everything I've done, so far I haven't had time to study. The desire to go into business had been in my thoughts since high school, but I had repressed it. My homeroom teacher had wanted me to study medicine. I didn't want to. I wanted to do something practical, with people. My father and I were both good at that. Dealing with people in business is practical psychology.
This is a small group; they "would go back yesterday" if they had the choice. In tenns of adaptation, they are stuck in the stage of distress and anger; they live in permanent conflict between living with their family and living in Israel. In practice, any change demands a high price. The following interviews were selected to represent the groups because there were at least two biographical motifs that recurred in interviews with other yordim. When necessary, I omitted parts of the interviews because they were too long or repetitious or contained irrelevant details.
I tried to make sure my interviewees came from different kibbutzim, to avoid getting a narrow point of view. I asked them to set aside a few hours, but often found that we needed another meeting. Still, I never felt that they were rushing me or showing any impatience. On the contrary, from the moment they began their life stories, I often got the impression that they were interested in telling them no less than I was in listening to them. The only contact I didn't manage to meet was Gil, who, I was told, had been a leader in his kibbutz.