Other Israel: Kibbutzim in the Arawa

Izraeli Kulturális Intézet

2017 / 09 / 10 16:00

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Gyere és találkozz egy másik Izraellel – ismerd meg a gyönyörű Arava régió történelemét, lakóit és tevékenységét. 
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The other Israel: Kibbutzim in the Arava

A gentle afternoon with pictures and films to introduce you the unique beauty, history, people and activities of the Arava region. Glimpse the lives of  the dozens of different kibbuc and moshav communities there through two outstanding speakers:  homes, work, world class research, top education with world renown youth programmes, innovative industries, two thousand year old plants and the best dates in the world! (English language programme with some Hungarian slides)

Alex Cicelsky is a senior staff member and founder of Centre for Creative Ecology (CfCE) and a founder of Kibbutz Lotan - a liberal Jewish community actively engaged with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). He grew up in New York State and studied international agriculture at Cornell University's school of Agriculture and Life Sciences.   

Following establishment of Kibbutz Lotan, he graduated from the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment with a degree in Soil and Water Sciences and Environmental Quality in Agriculture.

He completed his MSc. at Ben Gurion University's Department of Desert Architecture and Urban Planning while researching development of energy efficient buildings for extreme climates in conjunction with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

Alex is designer of the CfCE’s facilities and a joint developer of the CfCE's youth education and professional training programs. The programs include the Sustainable Israel and Green Apprenticeship Permaculture and Ecovillage Design Education programs. These, in collaboration with the Global Ecovillage Network, were an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 and have the endorsement of UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

He lectures on numerous subjects dealing with sustainable design and environmental ethics at the CfCE, universities and professional seminars worldwide.

Alex Cicelsky is an expert in designing hand-built and energy efficient structures with recycled and natural materials like car tires, straw bales and clay-earth.  He participated in and often led the design of many of the environmentally sensitive infrastructure projects on Kibbutz Lotan including:

- the Solar Powered Eco-Campus,

- the Israel Ministry for Environmental Protection funded CfCE straw-bale auditorium,

- Israel’s first grid connected photovoltaic powered restaurant .

He invented the CfCE’s public composting toilet facility. In cooperation with world renowned architect Arieh Rahmimov he designed the Lotan Nature and Bird Reserve tire and earth plaster bird hide and education shed.

He acted as lead consultant on facilities development for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel / Keren Kayamet International Birdpark Without Borders project.


Dr. Avigail Morris is a lecturer at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and The Gifted Children's Program in Eilat. She is also a researcher at the Dead Sea Arava, Ramon Science Center.  From 2004-2008 she was a committee member of the Israeli Anthropological Association and served as the representative for applied anthropologists in Israel.  In 1988, with the support of the Jerusalem Center for Anthropological Studies, Dr. Morris developed a program for teaching anthropology to children and young adults. For the past 28 years she has taught cultural anthropology on several levels including elementary, high school, undergraduate and graduate. Over the years she has also taught several seminars and workshops on qualitative research methodology with an emphasis on ethnographic fieldwork.

In 1994 Dr. Morris traveled to the Kingdom of Tonga in Polynesia in order to do fieldwork for her doctoral  thesis entitled, " Playing to a New Rhythm: An Ethnography of Female Games and Sport in the Kingdom of Tonga".  Her fieldwork involved an in-depth study on traditional and changing gender roles and status among both urban and rural women in Tonga.   In 2011-12 she returned to Tonga to update her thesis and to study informal incomes amongst Tongan women.

Along with teaching she is currently involved in four long term research projects in Israel:


  1. "Avenues of Economic Participation for Rural Bedouin Women". A study of informal incomes among Bedouin women in four unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev carried out together with Dr. Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder and funded by The Ministry of Science and Technology

  2. "Ageing in the Arava: Perceptions, Experience and Planning for the Future" funded by the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center

  1. "Valuing Ecosystem Services Through a Multi-National, Multi-Cultural Lens", together with a team sponsored by the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

  2. “Promoting Individual and Communal Responsibility in Preparing for Earthquakes in Southern Israel” funded by The Ministry of Science and Technology.

Her most recent publications include: "Experiencing Culture: Teaching Anthropology to Young Children" in Practicing Anthropology, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2006, " Nine a Side Basketball in the Kingdom of Tonga: A Case Study in Negotiating Gender Roles" in Play and Culture Studies, Vol. 9 (2009), "Games in Israel", Encyclopedia of Play, Sage Publishers (2009) , "The Transborder Perceptions of Ecosystem Services: A Social Inquiry in the Southern Arava Valley" in Ecology and Environment, Vol. 3, No. 1, February 2012, "Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Ecosystem Services: A Social Inquiry on Both Sides of the Israeli-Jordanian Border of the Southern Arava Valley Desert" in The Journal of Arid Environments  and “Transforming Economies and Roles: Bedouin Women Recreate Economic Change” in The Journal of Arid Environments (forthcoming). She is also a guest editor together with Dr. Sarab Queder-Abu Rabia for a special edition of The Journal of Arid Environments entitled, “Women in Drylands: Barriers and Benefits for Sustainable Livelihoods".

Avigail Morris lives on Kibbutz Ketura in the southern Arava in Israel together with her husband. She has three children and four grandchildren.

The program is co-organized with the Arzenu International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists.

The lecture will be hold in English. 

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