The essence of work on kibbutz is that it is voluntary.

Everyone receives the same amount of money, regardless of the type of work or amount of hours spent at work. The members are thus motivated by conscience, responsibility, and peer-pressure, rather than personal economic gain. At the same time the traditional kibbutz policy that “one gives according to one’s abilities,” is firmly in place. We have a guideline for what work is expected from each member – in their regular day job and in extra work (called toranut, shibutz, and avodat lila) that helps the community function smoothly.

Work, Kibbutz Businesses and Partnerships

We believe that members’ work should both advance the financial status of Ketura, and be personally gratifying to people, allowing everyone to be aware of how they can contribute to the community.

The work structure is divided into production and service branches, as well as work for organizations or business outside the kibbutz. The production branches strive to become more efficient and increase profits, while the service branches strive to maintain a decent level of service within budgetary and labor constraints, while looking for opportunities to sell those services beyond the kibbutz population as well. We take pride in our varied and gifted service professionals. At Ketura, for example, in addition to the usual service jobs, we have a kitchen and dining room, veterinary clinic and a garage which also serve clients from outside Ketura. All of the children, from the youngest to the oldest benefit from warm and nurturing care. The dedicated and talented landscaping crew has added much to Ketura's beauty, and thus to the quality of life here and to the tourists who come to stay at Keren Kolot guest house and educational seminars. 

While certain jobs are short-term or rotational, and are done for 6 months to 3 years, there are many members who work in the same branch for years. 

Ketura is guided by the traditional kibbutz principle that money is collectively earned ("from each according to his/her abilities") and spent ("to each according to his/her needs"). There is no association between the specific work done and money received personally. Ketura remains part of the “Zerem Shitufi” – the traditional stream of kibbutzim in Israel who live according to the principles of social democracy and communal living.

Many members work outside the kibbutz, and bring a salary in to the kibbutz. Some use their professional education to provide services in fields such as accounting or computing to neighboring communities, consulting, veterinary medicine, teaching or administrative roles at the regional school, or serving as social workers, librarian, occupational therapists or a sports physical therapist.

Some examples of outside salaries which come from many sources - include:

• Ardom Date packing plant co-operatively owned by all the regional kibbutzim

• Ardom Sherutey Tichshuv – a regional computer repair unit that attends to both hardware and software problems for clients all over the country  

• Moetza - Regional Council  

• Matnas – Community Center 

• Ma'ale Shacharut - Regional School

• Regional Southern Arava R&D - agricultural research and development center . 

Ketura is also finding additional employment and earning options by developing partnerships. Examples of partnerships include:

Algatechologies is a rapidly growing biotechnology company, specializing in the commercial cultivation of microalgae. Founded in 1998, Algatechnologies is a world leader in the production and supply of AstaPure® - a premium natural astaxanthin - one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants sourced from the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis.​

Arava Power Company is Israel's leading solar developer and a pioneer in mid-size and large-size solar fields. Using photovoltaic technology, Arava Power Company brings solar power to Israel without emissions, smoke, noise or use of water. Founded in 2006, Arava Power Company seeks to supply hundreds of megawatts of green energy to Israel through alliances with kibbutzim, Negev Bedouin, and other Negev landowners. In 2009, Siemens partners with Arava Power Company and invested $15 million to acquire a 40% stake in the company. JNF-KKL also invested in Arava Power Company and the company became the first and only private company investment for JNF-KKL.

Arava Power Company seeks to fulfill Ben Gurion's vision of making Israel's desert a center for solar production. In 1956 Ben Gurion stated that "the largest and most impressive source of energy in our world and the source of life for every plant and animal, yet a source so little used by mankind today is the sun… solar energy will continue to flow towards us almost indefinitely." With each new solar field the need for new coal plants diminishes. With its dedication to a cleaner, greener Israel, Arava Power Company continues to be a pioneer in the solar industry and create new ways to ensure a future for the solar energy market. 

Ardag. Established in the Gulf of Eilat in 1989, employing over 50 workers, with an annual turnover of over $8.5 million, Ardag is the largest mariculture company in Israel. The company operates a marine hatchery, a cage farm, a land-based farm based on recirculation and a packing plant. Ardag markets 1500 tons of sea bream per year.

Kibbutz Ketura also runs several businesses:

Dates. While most of the date plantation is visible along the Eastern side of Ketura, we have additional plantations in the southern part of the Arava. Dates are harvested and then taking to the Ardom Date packing facility to be sorted and packed for export.

Keren Kolot Guesthouse and Educational Seminars. Keren Kolot is a guest house and educational seminar center. Keren Kolot has been hosting youth and adult groups for 20 years, for diverse programs in various languages, lasting between a half-day to a week and even longer. Keren Kolot’s dedicated staff facilitates open ended, “hands-on” encounters with textual material while utilizing the desert environment. The staff often creates new activities and programs to suit the needs of individual clients, imparting upon them the community's core values: Zionism in practice, mutual responsibility, religious pluralism and respect for the environment. Groups and Bed & Breakfast guests are invited to enjoy a number of activities including a tour of the kibbutz and the famous solar field and algae factory, bike rentals and use of the kibbutz's swimming pool. For more details and to make reservations, visit the Keren Kolot web site

Ketura Accounting Services provides quality bookkeeping and accounting services for a wide range of kibbutzim, businesses, non-profit organizations and other enterprises in and beyond the Southern Arava region. The staff, made up of about 20 members, provides bookkeeping services, processes invoices, receipts and payments, provides VAT services, does cost accounting, prepares cash flow statements, deals with financial paperwork and filing, and prepares payroll as well as helping in the set up of computerized systems for specific logistics. The staff members enjoy a reputation for responsible, honest, dedicated and excellent service in the different places where they work. The regional setup allows the staff to benefit from the accumulated experience and knowledge of the whole staff, which serves the clients very well. This is an attractive work place to potential new members of the kibbutz.

Additional small businesses:

Ketura Desert Studios is a group of Israeli kibbutz artists creating canvas art prints, 

handmade jewelry, beaded jewelry, paintings, ceramics and home design light fixtures. 

Ted Finkelstein is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. You can order special cheesecakes and desserts via his Facebook page

Marla Slott - Israeli desert landscape painter in oils and watercolors.

Miriam Erez - If you need prompt, client-friendly translations that read as if they were written in English, then you've found your translator.

Susie Kessler Water Aerobics – for women and girls at all levels of fitness

Blooming Light - accent lighting design.

Shizi has loved flowers and worked with them her whole life. She creates an elegant display of blooming vintage Lucite flowers, in her originally designed light fixtures.

Yasmin Admon – alternative health – doula

Take a deep breath. When’s the last time you did that?

Yasmin works in the Ketura clinic, the Hevel Eilot Regional Clinic, and in the Eilat SHARAP in the Shalom Center in Eilat. She is also a lecturer in reflexology, doula, and baby massage, for the Reidman International College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Eilat Campus. Yasmin offers private services as well. She specializes in support for pregnancy, birth preparation, and birth. She also offers services via “Kupat Holim C’lallit” in reflexology, neuropathy, and Bach flowers.


Sharón Benheim – English Language Editing

Sharón edits academic materials for students submitting masters level thesis or doctoral dissertations, as well as for academics seeking to submit work for publications in professional journals.


Sharón Benheim – A trained mediator and conflict resolution researcher, Sharón offers consulting services for group processes and decision making for communities and organizations. Sharón also develops and facilitates tailor-made workshops on communication, consensus building, and other problem solving techniques.