Revivim is a kibbutz situated in the heart of the desert landscape, with 360 families and a secular way of life. The kibbutz was established in 1943 by 12 graduates of the kibbutz education system as one of the three first lookout points/settlements in the Negev. When founded it was first named Tel Zofim. This name attested to its designation: to act as a lookout point to examine the viability of settlement in the area which, according to the White Paper laws under the British Mandate, was prohibited for Jewish settlement. Later Berl Katznelson gave it the name Revivim. Katznelson, among the outstanding leaders of the labor movement, wanted to emphasize the affiliation of the new settlement to the veteran kibbutz from which its first settlers had come, Givat Brenner, by immortalizing the name of author I.H. Brenner. In the end, Kibbutz Givat Brenner was named for him, while Revivim bears the name of a periodical that he edited during his lifetime.
From the beginning, the founders of Revivim decided to develop cultural and educational activities. They believed that people living in the remote Negev region also deserved high quality culture. The first settlers established the Eliahu Golomb Building, a cultural center with a library, memorial room for those who had fallen in battle and a regional concert hall. They later built formal and informal education systems, a swimming pool, playgrounds, a shopping center, gyms and various sports facilities. In recent years, out of concern for its senior citizens the kibbutz established a health and welfare system that provides unique community services for the “golden agers”.
While investing in the social and community aspects, kibbutz members also develop a thriving financial and employment infrastructure to address the needs of the community and the individual. Among the major production branches of the kibbutz are:
* Industry – Raviv and Rabel plants dealing in plastics and vehicles
* Agriculture – dairy farm, poultry farm, fishery
* Field crops – grains, olive groves and olive press
* Supporting members’ small businesses – air-conditioning, standardization and quality assurance, jewelry, winery, movie production and internet (website building and e-marketing)
True to its founders’ spirit, present-day Revivim members are operating in the same spirit to continue the kibbutz as a successful community from the social, educational, cultural and economic aspects. The kibbutz promotes demographic growth and accepts young families that contribute to enlarging the community and enriching local life.
Kibbutz Revivim is located on the Mashabei Sadeh – Ze’elim road about 35km from Beer Sheba.