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July 31, 1987 - Image 79

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by local models and a movie
about a recent Paris fashion
show.
Love, though, is not a topic
to be taken too solemnly and
humor plays an important
part in Tu B'Av celebrations.
Hulda staged a comic skit in
which a clerk in a dating of-
fice interviews three ap-
plicants, while Kibbutz Givat
Haim near Natanya perform-
ed a comic • skit on beauty
contests.
There was an element of
humor in the opening enter-
tainment of Tu B'Av at Kib-
butz Hatzoreim near
Tiberias. This took the form
of a lecture by Shalom Zo
Eretz of the Ma'agan Michael
nature reserve on the love life
of birds. According to Itzhak,
head of the kibbutz cultural
committee, lovemaking
chickens were a topic of par-
ticular interest.
The program was followed
by guitarists singing love
songs and romantic ballads
and a question and answer
session with married couples
on the problems and
pleasures of long-term rela-
tionships. There was a quiz
about love and romance with
the first prize being a book
about Sex for the Over 60's,
then a showing of Woody
Allen's movie Everything You
Wanted to Know About Sex
But Were Afraid to Ask.
Finally the youngsters danc-
ed away at a disco into the
small hours.
"On kibbutz we like to mix
education and culture with
fun," says Itzhak. "I can't say
I can remember any mar-
riages being made on Tu
B'Av at our kibbutz though it
might have happened. But
more importantly, we see Tu
B'Av as an opportunity to
teach teenagers about the im-
portance of love, loyal rela-
tionships, marriage and the
importance of healthy sex
within marriage. If the
message is getting through,
and I'm sure it is, then it is
true to say that Tu B'Av does
create many marriages."
In the weeks leading up to
Tu B'Av high school
youngsters on the kibbutzim
are asked to address the sub-
ject of Tu B'Av. Many write
love poems and songs.
Most Tu B'Av celebrations
on kibbutz will include the
youngsters of several
neighboring settlements and
towns. While some of the
more unusual enter-
tainments have been includ-
ed most follow a traditional
pattern.
As Arnon reports from
Givat Haim, last year's
celebrations started in the
vineyard where grapes were
picked. The kibbutz singles

danced to the dining room for
a festive dinner and danced
back to the vineyard after-
wards for the evening's enter-
tainment where wine, music
and dancing dominated
proceedings.
"The festival is essentially
for adolescents up to army
age," says Arnon. "Some
singles in their early 20s also
participate, but even at that
age many feel too old to
celebrate. Of course all the
kibbutznikim, young and old,
story by at various times in
the evening to see what's go-
ing on."
The sense of amorousness
and good fun engendered by
Tu B'Av on Israel's kibbut-
zim suggests that the festival
should be celebrated more
widely both in the Jewish
State and the Diaspora. ❑

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