Kibbutzim absorb new members

After over a decade of negative growth, 42 percent of kibbutzim are in the process of accepting new families as full members and are working to create ways of absorbing newcomers, the Kibbutz Movement said Wednesday.

After over a decade of negative growth, 42 percent of kibbutzim are in the process of accepting new families as full members and are working to create ways of absorbing newcomers, the Kibbutz Movement said Wednesday. The survey, which questioned half of the country's kibbutzim, showed that the leading kibbutzim reported absorption of 10 new members, on average, in 2006. The study further showed that the trend of recent years of absorbing members in a "financially independent" track had ended and that the new recruits receive a salary and pay the kibbutz for their apartment rentals only.