To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History

Through July 8, 2014


 Kibbutz Yagur, Israel, 1950–1959.


In conjunction with Work in Progress: Considering Utopia, this exhibition explores and celebrates the kibbutz as it starts its second century. To Build & be Built: Kibbutz History focuses on the growth and development of these unique communities which helped create the infrastructure and culture of the State of Israel, and which are now transforming themselves as Israel becomes increasingly urban and capitalistic. The influence of the kibbutz on national and Bay Area culture—including many summer camps, youth movements, and “intentional communities”—is also addressed.

Press Release


Work in Progress: Considering Utopia and To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History are organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Major sponsorship for the exhibitions is provided by Gaia Fund.  Supporting sponsorship has been provided by The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Additional support provided by Eta and Sass Somekh.

Major support for the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.



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