Kibbutz Telalim was established in 1980 by a Nachal military unit affiliated with the Scouts movement. The Jewish Agency’s Youth Division and Nachal, with the help of the Ministry of Housing, established a young community that settled in Bir Asluj, near Kibbutz Revivim. About two years later, the new kibbutz relocated to its permanent residence, near Telalim junction, approximately 3km south of Mashabim junction.
A decade after its inception, Telalim was among the first members of the kibbutz movement to adopt the renewed model of kibbutz living. Some of its members left during this process while others sank their roots in deeper and became founders of the new kibbutz. With time, Telalim grew stronger in its modern format and cemented its community foundations. Currently the kibbutz is home to around 45 families both secular and traditional, who are members in the cooperative and make their living from agriculture, a large dairy farm, Readymix plant that manufactures concrete, work outside the kibbutz, employment in the local education system etc.
Since it was founded, the kibbutz members have always placed education and community as top priorities and have fostered high-quality, professional systems. A large amount of resources is allocated to the educational system which attracts children from the whole region. In this framework, the kibbutz houses five kindergartens and an inclusive classroom for grades 1-6. In afternoons and in their spare time, members and their children enjoy the local library that turns into a story telling club once every two weeks and hosts joint cultural events, an abundance of local festivities, an active swimming pool that operates throughout the summer, soccer and basketball courts, a clinic, a supermarket and more…
While cultivating education and community, one of the features most identified with the Telalim lifestyle is the saying “live and let live”. On the one hand, respect for the members’ privacy and on the other hand warm social ties. Thus, when the summer “porch season” opens, members visit each other’s porches every evening. When there are no fences or partitions between the houses, and each member respects the others’ privacy, it makes life more comfortable and pleasant.
Looking towards the future, Telalim is in constant momentum. The 105 new housing units currently under construction on the kibbutz will facilitate the expansion and strengthening of the community.