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Lotan (Hebrew: לוֹטָן) is a Reform kibbutz in southern Israel. Located in the Arabah Valley in the Negev desert, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 208.[1] The kibbutz is a member of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Lotan
Skyline of Lotan
Lotan is located in Southern Negev region of Israel
Lotan
Lotan
Coordinates: 29°59′7.79″N 35°5′17.87″E / 29.9854972°N 35.0882972°E / 29.9854972; 35.0882972Coordinates: 29°59′7.79″N 35°5′17.87″E / 29.9854972°N 35.0882972°E / 29.9854972; 35.0882972
DistrictSouthern
CouncilHevel Eilot
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded1983
Founded byReform Movement
Population
 (2017)[1]
208
Websitewww.kibbutzlotan.com
A dome house in Lotan, made of straw bales covered with earth plaster
Attractions in Lotan

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HistoryEdit

The kibbutz was founded in 1983 by idealistic Israeli and American youths who together built a profit sharing community based on pluralistic, egalitarian and creative Jewish values while protecting the environment. The name of the kibbutz derives from "one of the sons of Seir the Horite".[2] (Genesis 36:20; a descendant of Esau, who lived in Edom nearby).

EconomyEdit

Income is generated by growing Medjoul and Dekel Noir dates, dairy cows for milk and goats for cheese production, member's incomes from work throughout the region and eco-tourism including bird-watching and holistic health – in particular watsu – water shiatsu – treatments and courses.

The kibbutz's Center for Creative Ecology is an environmental education, research and conservation institution. The Center offers academic programs in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and certification courses in permaculture, sustainable design and training. Facilities include an interactive park for organic and urban agriculture, natural building and solar energy demonstrations as well as the energy-efficient EcoCampus, a neighborhood constructed from earth-plastered straw bales.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.299, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English) and Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p.36, ISBN 965-220-423-4 ‹See Tfd›(in Hebrew)

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