The Center for Creative Ecology
The Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) is rooted in “Tikkun Olam” — the Jewish concept for repairing and transforming the world – and started as a dream and vision.
It began with a small desert organic garden, and once we realized how much knowledge we had accumulated, expanded to become a unique ecological center that combines hands-on, experiential environmental education within the framework of a living community.
Each project helps us evaluate new directions we wish to pursue. Utilizing creative recycling and alternative/natural building techniques, the center now includes an ecological theme park, migratory bird reserve, nature trails,recycling center, and constructed wetlands for treating the waste water of the entire kibbutz.
Kibbutz Lotan is a young community situated in the Arava Desert in the south of Israel. We are far away from urban Israel in a quiet area, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Lotan was established in 1983 by graduates of the Reform Jewish youth movements from Israel and overseas. We came together to create a community based on a modern, liberal approach to Judaism that strives to fulfill values of equality between the sexes, equality in work, and genuine communication between people.
Lotan’s population is equally divided between native-born Israelis and immigrants from all over the world. Hebrew is the commonly used language but English isalso spoken. Our economy is based on date plantations, dairy,tourism, holistic health center, mariculture and various professions held by members who work outside of the kibbutz. Presently we number 55 adult members and around 60 children.
Kibbutz Lotan maintains a co-operative lifestyle in which means of production and resources are shared. We are members of the “Co-operative Stream” in the Kibbutz Movement.
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