The day society tells us to worship the women that made us.

Our very own Matan Reshef has made yet another video on Workshop, exceeding the last one, blowing us all out of the water. It is so incredible. I think I speak for the entire Kvutza by saying we love him so much for doing this. This video summarizes exactly how each and every one of us feel about our amazing moms.

Fun fact – if you write MOM on a piece of a paper and flip it upside down it says WOW… Coincidence..? I think not!

Please take the 2 minutes out of your busy Mother's Days and enjoy the video.

‘Tis the Season for Ceremonies

Around this time of year, Israeli flags cover every corner of the country in preparation for Yom Ha'Atzmaut.  But, before we can celebrate independence, Israel commemorates Yom HaShoa and Yom HaZikaron.  

For Yom HaShoa, Kvutsat Anafim went to a ceremony at the Akko City Auditorium where we heard speeches and watched a really intense play about the Holocaust and survivors guilt.  Dror Israel, the graduate movement of HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed, had a museum display set up in the lobby which chronicled the events of the Holocaust, but also detailed the act of Jewish rebellion and uprising.  It was a stark contrast to the play which ended with a Hebrew version of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.  The following day I woke up and walked into a main intersection in Akko to hear the 10AM siren.  It was incredible to see everyone stop their cars and stand in silence.  Later, we attended another ceremony at Kibbutz Lochmei HaGata'ot complete with many speeches, candle lightings, songs, dances, and personal stories.  There were hundreds of people there from youth movements, the IDF, and the kibbutz.  It was a lot more empowering that the play to say the least.

On Yom HaZikaron, a few of us attended the Akko municipality ceremony to honor IDF soldiers who died serving their country.  The ceremony started with a siren, followed by reading out the names of Akko residents that died, speeches, songs, and a guy incorrectly singing the Israeli anthem.  The next day, we woke up bright and early to hand out flowers to bereaved Akko families at the local cemetery.  Around Yom HaZikaron, florists hike up the price of flowers and some mourners cannot afford any for their lost soldiers, so Dror Israel organized to distribute free flowers.  We also attended the ceremony at the cemetery that morning filled with speeches and poems.  

And after the sun set, it was YOM HA'ATZMAUT!  We attended the Akko Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration Concert where we listened to Israel X-Factors including the Carakukli Sisters, Tommy & Yan, and winner Rose Fostanes.  You haven't experienced Israeli until you go to a concert where 70% of the songs performed are American covers.  FYI Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga, are very popular in Israel.  The next day we slept in, BBQed, and attempted to go to the beach until we realized it was way to windy to stay.  

HBD, Israel.  Here's to another 66!

May Day Seminar

Today we start a two day seminar with Habonim Dror Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand in Jerusalem to talk about labor, workers rights, and May Day in Israel. Stay tuned!

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Check out Naomi and Eli on the bus to the seminar!
We will attend the May Day rally in Tel Aviv on May 1.

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Kvutsah Names!

Instead of being called Kvutsat Sticks (Akko) and Kvutsat Stones (Rishon), we are now Kvutsat Anafim and Kvutsat Be'er!

Anafim (עָנָףים) means branches and Be'er (בְּאֵר) means well.

Check out a design Hannah B made for Kvutsat Anafim!

Make the Days Count or Counting Down the Days?

With a little over a month left of Workshop 63, the phrases "make the days count" and "counting down the days" are being repeated more and more often.

Workshop participant Matan says, "I know I want to make the days count, but I know my mom is counting down the days." Shout out to Allison!

Micah says, "obviously I want to make the days count, but I am TOTALLY counting down the days until I can sink my teeth into a Chiptole burrito." Shout out to Mexican food!


However you spend your time over the next month, remember that most of your kids are leaving to work away from home for most of the summer so another countdown can begin!

Pesach Packages

Today we helped pack 1,000 boxes full of Pasach food for families in Akko that can’t afford otherwise. It was really hot and really fun and there were really cute kids!

Some of our supplies:


The assembly line:


Some of the completed boxes:

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Cute kids:




Woohoo for community service!

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