5th December 2014

From Jonathan Bensusan Bash This week was dominated by an incident in the ecokef involving myself, Jonny, and the one and only Rachel, the part time feminist and mulch loving gal herself. We were set the most joyous task of building a tressle for some beautiful tomatoes. Unfortunately, this simple construction task became quite the balagan due to Rachel’s lack …

27th November 2014

From Annie Levy Dearest family, friends and sniffim, This week has been an eventful one rife with excitement, new beginnings and also sadness at the reality that our wonderful Shnat group was splitting off into Karmiel and Lotan kvutzot. However, we know that the foundations we have laid during our first month together is strong enough to ensure that we …

20th November 2014

From Sarah Langerman (NIFTY) Well, we are coming to an end as a full group here on kibbutz lotan. This past week has been filled with kef (fun) and lots of memories made. This past Thursday some of us continued our work in the garden by planting potatoes and harvesting egg plants while the other half worked on building a mud …

13th November 2014

From Alex Littaua (NIFTY) Hi there! Here is the basic “ma korre” (what’s happening) for this week. Thursday began with weekly garden work in the biodiverse farm project on Kibbutz Lotan. Later in the day, the Shinshinim (Israelis volunteering on Kibbutz Lotan) planned a great activity involving lots of paint in an all-out colour war. Thursday ended with arguably one …

6th November 2014

From Josh Powell (LJY-Netzer) Having stayed in the Bustan for 2 weeks now everyone has settled into the eco-freako nature of this part of Lotan. Composting toilets and solar powered temperature unstable showers are no longer seen as weird quirky aspects of the start of shnat and have merely become parts of everyday life. Despite embracing this alternative ‘hippy’ way …

30th October 2014

From Bethany Castle and Rachel Vogler Shalom from the beautiful Kibbutz Lotan! We’ve been very busy this week, we’ll take you through day by day…enjoy! Wednesday: We came down to Lotan and settled in our very homely Bustan neighbourhood. We started our time here with an opening circle led by Mark and Debby where we set out aims and expectations. …

23rd October 2014

From Ella Grodzinski A few days ago, there were 25 teens scattered across the globe about to embark on this funny little thing called Shnat. So hello from the middle of the Negev desert! We spent the last 3 days in Jerusalem, attempting to come to grips with the concept that we’d arrived in Israel. Many trips to Ben Yehudah …