Ketura is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Eilat, in the southern Arava. Travel time by car is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Be'er Sheva, 3 1/2 hours from Jerusalem, and 4 hours from Tel Aviv.

According to kibbutz rules members do not own their own cars has although we do have a few shared cars for use by members, so most traveling outside the region is done by rented car, plane, or bus.

Kibbutz Ketura is a traditional kibbutz in terms of a communal approach to our decision making, management, and property ownership.

What makes Ketura unique within the kibbutz movement is our pluralistic approach to Judaism – we believe that each person should live according to his or her belief, while we maintain a Jewish atmosphere in public spaces so that observant Jews can feel comfortable and everyone enjoys a taste of the experience. While other kibbutzim are moving more towards privatization, Ketura continues to expand in its public, communal sector.

Currently, we are absorbing new young families, expanding our existing facilities, and with our partners expanding the Algatechnologies plant.

We recently added a community garden and some outdoor seating near the communal dining room.

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies , located on Ketura was given room to expand the dormitories in preparation for accepting larger groups of students. And the kibbutz is adding a new family neighborhood on the North side, in order to house more families.

Kibbutz Ketura is committed to continuing education and development for our community and its members. So at any point in time, some of our members are studying for vocational, academic, or professional advancement and interest. For some people the new campus of the Ben Gurion University in Eilat has made academic options much easier. Others travel to take courses in other institutions around the country.

While many members work on the kibbutz in service branches such as daycare and educational frameworks for our children, in the kitchen and dining room, in gardening or maintenance others are involved in the production branches. Production branches include

the date orchards and the tourism branch of Keren Kolot.

There are also branches which are a hyrbid of both service and production because they sell the services off the kibbutz – for example, the person who operates our pool and teaches water aerobics serves both the kibbutz community and the guests of Keren Kolot. Our accounting branch serves not only the need of the Ketura community and our business branches, but also many other businesses both in the region and around Israel.

In addition there are many of us who work off the kibbutz as teachers, bookkeepers, social workers and laboratory assistants. Among our members we have some specialists including a sports physical therapist, the regional inseminator for the dairies, a veterinarian, a chiropractor, the head of our Regional Council, and researchers who work in fields ranging from anthropology and conflict resolution to aquaculture and agricultural research. Most members have a first degree (bachelors), many have second (masters) degrees and several have or are currently in the process of studying for doctorates in their field. We encourage this.

Beyond the work we do to earn a living, there are many members involved in hobbies or “extra” work that are dedicated to these creative pursuits beyond their “day job”.

Ketura boasts a sport instructor who leads aerobics, kick boxing and various other lessons, a voice teacher, bar and bat mitzvah tutors, several published writers and artists (painting, drawing, sculpture and pottery, a range of jewelry makers, and a team of craft beer brewers. There are several members who sing in the local choir, a few ensembles for music of different styles, and many other hobbies which contribute and enrich our lives.

Ketura's dedication to progressive religious policies has made for a rich population mix of observant and non-observant Jews, a fact that won us the Speaker of the Knesset Prize for religious tolerance. While members are free to do what they want in their own homes, we observe Kashrut, Shabbat, and holidays in the dining room and at cultural events. We also avoid non-essential work that would violate the Shabbat and incorporate Jewish traditions and values into the informal educational activities of our community.

Come on in and explore our way of life, from our myriad of expanding businesses to our cultural values and goals.

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