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The Second Annual

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Sam Young Memorial
Racquetball Tournament

managers were brought in, emp-
ty apartments were turned into
bed-and-breakfast sites, cottage
industries in cosmetics, graphics
and what not opened up.
While many kibbutzim are
now thriving with successful
businesses in plastics and farm-
ing technology, dozens of others
are lost causes. Some can barely
feed their members. Others can't
pay their electricity bills. Their
youth leave as soon as they fin-
ish the army, their elderly get
older, and their middle-aged
members hang on, embittered be-
cause they don't have the where-
withal to leave and start over.
Kibbutz Gezer, near Ben-
Clarion Airport, doesn't have the
problem of age. Reorganized in
1974, Gezer's 100-plus members
are in their 30s and 40s, mainly
emigrants from the United States
and other Western countries. But
with such high interest still ac-
cruing on their old loans, the kib-
butz remains about $15 million
in debt.
To help secure its economic fu-
ture, Gezer wants to do some-
thing that would have been
considered highly unorthodox in
the kibbutz movement a genera-
tion ago. Members want to take
a part of their farmland and build
a gas station and apartments for

"We can't fire
people. They're our
members."
— Zvi Ben-David

sale there. But the plan would be
quashed if Gezer is forced to sim-
ply hand over this land to the gov-
ernment and banks, as the
Finance Ministry's proposed bail-
out would have it, said Norm
Frankel, now completing his term
as Gezer's economic manager.
As in all other kibbutzim, there
is a debate inside Gezer over
whether to maintain its commu-
nal economic life in the future, or
to privatize little by little and
eventually become a close-knit
but capitalistic rural village.
Yoel Weingarten, the incom-
ing economic manager, stands
somewhere in the middle. A
business student at Tel Aviv Uni-
versity, he believes the kibbutz's
economic units — the dairy, glue
factory, softball league, architec-
ture office and others — must
stand individually as profit-mak-
ers or close.
He still believes in communal
ownership but added, "There has
to be some sort of new formula."
As for the older, failing kibbutz-
im, he said that if they can't
shape up, they should close and
its members be absorbed into
stronger kibbutzim. Whatever

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