Kfar Blum

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Expressions of Support for Kfar Blum and Israel

August 2006 - Feel Free to Post your Comments in Support of Kfar Blum, Northern Israel and all of Israel

- Just amazing. In the mid-1970s, the "biggest" security concern on the kibbutz was the possibility of terrorists crossing over the border (as they did in attacks on Kyriat Shemona, Maalot and some others...and the possibility of a single katusha being fired and hitting Kyriat Shemona or the kibbutz)


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Kfar Blum

December 1, 2005

Washington Post

Engineer Felix Yokel, Israeli War Hero, Dies
By Joe Holley
Felix Yochanan Yokel, 83, a Bethesda resident who fled Nazi Germany as a youngster, fought with an elite unit of the Israeli Army and built a new life for himself in the United States as a structural engineer, died Nov. 27 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of complications from leukemia.
Mr. Yokel was born in Vienna, Austria, and grew up in Laa an der Thaya, a small, predominantly Catholic town near the Czech-Austrian border. When the Nazis marched into Austria, his parents managed to send him to Palestine with Youth Aliyah, an organization founded in 1933 to save Jewish children from Nazi Germany and Austria. He arrived in 1939 and became a founding member of Kibbutz Kfar Blum, on the River Jordan in upper Galilee.
He served as an officer in the Palmach, the fighting forces of the Yishuv (Jewish settlement) in Palestine before the state of Israel was established. The British military and the Jewish underground organized the Palmach in 1941 to help the British protect Palestine from the Nazi threat. As a member of the elite strike force, Mr. Yokel assisted in the rescue of Holocaust refugees.
The British ordered the dismantling of the Palmach in 1942. Instead, the organization went underground, carried out attacks against British infrastructure and played a major role in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Along with Moshe Dayan, Yigal Allon, Yitzhak Rabin and other Palmachniks, Mr. Yokel is honored in Israel as a war hero.
In 1956, at age 34, Mr. Yokel and his wife and two young children immigrated to the United States. He enrolled at the University of Connecticut, worked as a land surveyor to support his family and received his doctorate in engineering in 1962. He worked for several years as a partner in a large engineering firm in Albany, N.Y., before moving to Bethesda in 1969 to take a position as a research engineer with the National Bureau of Standards.
As a civil and structural engineer, he was an expert in soil mechanics. He traveled the world doing research on the development of standards for earthquake- and hurricane-resistant structures. In 1985, he was part of the engineering team that recommended razing the newly constructed U.S. Embassy in Moscow because the structure was riddled with KGB listening devices.
He also published numerous scholarly works and received commendations from the U.S. government for his accomplishments. He retired in 1993 but continued working as a consultant for government agencies and private firms.
Mr. Yokel was an ardent nature lover and bird watcher and supported several environmental organizations, including CROW (Care and Resuscitation of Wildlife), Defenders of Wildlife, the National Audubon Society, the International Wolf Center in Minnesota, Friends of Nature in Israel and Greenpeace.
He and his wife traveled the world and enjoyed bird-watching, hiking and camping. They spent a part of each winter on Sanibel Island, Fla.
A founding member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, he returned last summer to the Austrian town where he grew up to fund and dedicate a memorial in remembrance of Jewish Holocaust victims from Laa an der Thaya. His son, an architect, built the memorial.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Susanne Martha Yokel of Bethesda; three children, Uri Yokel of Greenbelt, Yael Yokel Ellis of Clearwater, Fla., and Ben Yokel of Cotton, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

New Additions

Hello to Everyone at Kfar Blum --
My name now -- and then -- is Nora Kavner. I was a volunteer during the summers of 1968 and 1969. My time as a volunteer at Kfar Blum includes some of the happiest memories of my life. I send all my best wishes to friends that I had then who may still be around at Kfar Blum. I am from Los Angeles, and, after living in several other places, I now live in Los Angeles. My e-mail name is NKavner@hotmail.com.
I am happy to have found this site.

My name is Steve Fistell. I was a volunteer for only 5 weeks in the winter of 84. I was one of the oldest volunteers then, maybe the oldest at age 36. It felt like home.

From: "Matthew Winter" <matt_winter@hotmail.com>To: <hamutal_@kbm.org.il>Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:46 PMSubject: Kibbutz Kfar Blum>I stumbled across your site as I have many happy memories of Kfar Blum. I >was a volonteer there from November 1988 to March 1989 and much to my >regret didn't go back after "doing" Egypt for a couple of months. Please >feel free to add me to your list, I live in London, Uk and am British born >and bred. If you would like any more info oplease feel free to contact me.>> Kind Regards>> Matt Winter

please add me on to your list of vtsitors .Krystal Kolnik I visited in 1995...and i am from South Africa info@capefishing.co.za

there is a new site a memorial site for nehmia levanon a member of the kibbutz that passed away. the site is in hebrew and english,in it is nehmaias book the road to the jordan that deals mainly with the beginning of kfar blum. in the hrbrew part there are pop ups of memorial pages for members mention in the the book that have since passed away/
you might find intrest in this site. the url of the english site is http://www.nechemia.org/nechemia.html

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New Kfar Blum Ex-Volunteers Posts


Hi,My name is Anders Zilliacus and i was in Kfar Blum between june-august -81. I am from Helsinki, Finland and my e-mail address is: anderszilliacus@hotmail.com Kind regards

Hi,My name is Beth Fletcher and I was a volunteer at Kfar Blum in 1993 fromabout mid Februrary until end March. I had a wonderful time there - myfavourite job was milking the cows! I am originally from Australia but nowliving in Amsterdam and hope to go back to Israel for a visit one day.Cheers,Beth Beth.Fletcher@cliffordchance.com

My name is Barry (Dov) Landzbaum from Chicago. I was at KB with Stu Brandhandler; we arrived at KB together, but I left the ulpan a month or so early. Our ulpan teacher was Rivka Arzi (z"l). She was so good that, thanks to her and others, I've taught Hebrew at ulpanim.
Regards to the Rimons, the Gelbs and the Henigs.
I've been living in Arad since 1980. I'm married and have 3 children.
All the best.
Barry (Dov) LandzbaumCertified Translator & English Teacher08-9959239; 054-4859239

My name is Raymond Brightwell. I am from New Zealand. I volunteered at Kfar Blum from October 89 to late 1990. I have so many good memories of my time there.(One year) The weather, the birds migrating, the apple orchards. The whole experience is one I can never forget. It was probably the most exhilarating year of my life. What a shame it is no more. I wonder why Kfar Blum took that step. I still have contact with some members from there and even had some kibbutz kids come to stay with me.

NAME;: Hiroshi SAITO
EMAIL ADDRESS:wrenestudio@charter.net
WHERE YOU ARE FROM: JAPAN (with a group of 10+ Japanese )

Habonim 5th Workshop at K'far Blum, Eddie Parsons Madrich 1955-56
Roz (Rozzy Adin) Vogelfangerrozelliot@webtv.netNewport Coast(Beach) CAThere were 3 of us on our Workshop and the program was similar to whatDebby N. (Kallen) described.I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY - Crown Heights and then Daroma. ThenLA., 11 yrs NJ. 24 years in Houston, TX and now CA again.We just returned from Israel 7/10/05 with our three grandson's and theirparents on a B'nai Mitzvah tour which unexpectedly and happily included2 nights at K'far Blum which is greatly changed from the "old days". Wewere unable to arrange the time to see Pinchas Rimon (shaliach to NY-K'far Blumer,etc.) I was delighted that my kibbutz "ima"(more like a bigsister) Stephie who was married to Sticky(formerly from Great Britain,now deceased) was there and entertained us beautifully. Stephie foryears had much responsibility for aspects of the Guest house which nowhas some 140 rooms and is lovely. Hers is the only family with 4 (four)generations living at K'far Blum!

my name is maurice r steif, also known as butch, and the members called me moishe. i was a mitnadev from september 73 till dec 75. originally from the bronx, nyc, but now live in new jersey. i arrrived 1 week before the melchamah started.
i worked in the apple orchards and all the regular jobs, but i was the one who rebuilt the beds and frames and cleaned up in the miklateem....also played bass guitar at a wedding and some functions with a guitar player and drummer who's names i cannot remember....
i am visiting israel next week and would like to stop by and see what is doing...
thanks very much
maurice moshe butch steif
livingston nj mench44@aol.com

I lived in Kfar Blum in '85 and have to say it was as home as home can be.. I'm now living in NYC with my wife and two kids. I went back to Israel as part of our honeymoon and of course visited "home" and introduced my wife to yaffa (Gal) my "mother" on the Kibbutz. I was glad to see this site exists but sorry to hear the volunteer program does not. The time I shared with the members and volunteers will always be a part of who I am today..Russ T FisherRuss T FisherOne Fish Two Fish Productions300 E. 93rd St. #8BNew York NY 10128Cell 917 837-7105Office 212 534-6542

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Welcome to Kfar Blum - Unofficial Blog

Welcome to the unofficial blog for former Kfar Blum volunteers. This is a supplement to the Kfar Blum unofficial website which I established about three years ago, and which lists hundreds of former Kfar Blum volunteers, ulpan members and others.
Please also see the unofficial website www.goalweb.com/kfarblum

If you were ever on Kfar Blum and would like to be listed, please send an email to Kfarblum@hotmail.com and I will post your name and email (and any other details you wish to provide and have posted: such as which country you're from and when you were there)