Personally I really like it; you grow up in a very caring environment and are supported by a very good education. By age 13 you have a bar or bat mitzvah with all your relatives and by age 14 you get a job (I think that’s an amazing skill that not all kids have or get). You are always aware of the community around you. School is on a different kibbutz, five minutes away by bus and is a school that is attended by all the surrounding community’s children, mostly from kibbutzim. On kibbutz we have a youth club house were we usually go after school to do our homework, relax, or anything at all.
But to answer the serious questions on everybody’s’ minds!
No, we do not have camels.
Yes, we have TV’s and IPods (even the new ones)
And yes, we do feel kind of isolated from the rest of the world.
~ Raziel Churgin attending camp Tel Yehudah in 2014 and is a second generation Judaean, his parents Sharon Benheim and Neil Churgin both grew up in Young Judaea before moving to Israel and Ketura.