Jewish Book WorldA well researched summary of the history and development of the kibbutz from its inception and up to the present time. Interesting insights on how the kibbutz movement has affected the psyche and behavior of Israeli youth, how their goals have changed from the founders' socialistic idealism and Zionist philosophy, and anecdotes about Jew and Arab relations throughout this period. A worthwhile read at any age.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6 Up-A well-researched summary of the history and development of the kibbutz. Altman traces its roots in the yearnings of a persecuted people in pogrom-ridden Russia to the sophistication of today's communities and enterprises, including the social, psychological, and educational results of kibbutz philosophy and living. Although divided into six brief chapters and subdivided into paragraphs with topical headings, this well-organized investigation is replete with anecdotes and quotes from books by such well-known sociologists, journalists, and psychologists as Melford E. Spiro, David Shipler, and Bruno Bettelheim. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. The book will provide new insights even for those who diligently follow Israeli events, for as peace is accomplished, new information about the past comes forward.-Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
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