Finding a Secular Sanctuary on the Kibbutz

The funeral for Pdut ('Redemption') was an opportunity to experience the self-contained kibbutz traditions of secular Jewish community which, though weakened, still linger on.

My wife Shira grew up in Bat Yam, a working class beach-town south of Tel Aviv. In the heat of summer, instead of the mountains, rivers and lakes of my upstate New York Jewish summer camps, she was shipped off to her great aunt on Kibbutz Givat Hayyim Meuhad.