At Israeli Kibbutz, a Return to the Community Oven of Yore

For more than 30 years, the bakery at Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar stood deserted, until two local residents decided to get the historic brick oven working again as a community forno.

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Mention Salim the baker, and anyone born on Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar between the 1950s and the 1980s will invariably get a nostalgic look in their eye. “His heart was as big as his paunch,” says the...