Jerusalem is a city that is rich in history and culture. One of the most unique experiences that visitors can have in Jerusalem is to visit Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. A kibbutz is a collective community in Israel that is based on agriculture and communal living.

What is a Kibbutz?

A kibbutz is a unique type of collective community that was first established in Israel during the early 20th century. The word “kibbutz” comes from the Hebrew word for “gathering,” and these communities were originally formed as a way for Jews to work together to establish new settlements and build a new life in Israel.

Kibbutzim (plural of kibbutz) are based on a system of communal living and shared resources. Members of a kibbutz live and work together, sharing everything from housing and meals to childcare and education. The goal of a kibbutz is to create a self-sustaining community that is based on cooperation, equality, and mutual support.

Kibbutzim were originally established as agricultural communities, with members working together to farm the land and produce food for their community. Over time, however, kibbutzim have evolved to include a wide range of industries and activities, including manufacturing, technology, and tourism.

Kibbutz Ramat Rachel with Kosher Hotel

Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in Jerusalem is an excellent choice for a tourist destination – it has managed to retain the cooperative spirit of its mission over the years and is now a modern-day kibbutz. It offers stunning views of Jerusalem and is just minutes from the city center.

It has a cherry orchard, produce hot houses, archaeological park, historic war bunkers, produce store, hotel, fitness center, and water park.

It is in south eastern Jerusalem, just off of Hevron Road on the way to Bethlehem (Beit Lechem), Rachel’s Tomb, and Hevron. Take the bus #7.

I live about 2 kilometers from the kibbutz and have been to weddings and bar mitzvahs at the hotel

Archaeological park

The Kibbutz Ramat Rachel archaeological park has ruins from thousands of years ago.

Produce store

Visitors will find an array of fresh, locally sourced ingredients for all their cooking needs and the rare opportunity to chat with some native masters of flavor. This is a unique chance to learn about some of the area’s best-kept secrets when it comes to food.

War bunkers

The war bunkers on a kibbutz in Jerusalem offer a sobering look at the region’s past. These hidden shelters were built to protect residents during times of conflict, and today they stand as a reminder of the area’s turbulent history. Visiting these bunkers is essential to understanding the reality of life in this part of the world.

The bunkers were used during the 1948 Israel Independence War and the June 1967 Six Day War. Visitors who explore the bunker can gain a vivid reenactment of both war veterans’ terms and those who defended the kibbutz. This experience is something that cannot be captured through books alone.

Water park

The kibbutz offers excellent recreational facilities that the whole family can enjoy. The water park is especially great for kids of all ages and has many slides, pools, and other attractions. There is also a playground and a picnic area nearby if you need a break from the water.

There are shallow water rides for smaller children and splash grounds that allow them to cool off without leaving mom’s sight. The park also has a snack bar for when you need a break from the sun.

Pack plenty of sunscreen and swimwear so you can enjoy an Israeli-style afternoon of fun in the sun! There’s nothing like a hot day swimming and playing in the water, so come prepared.


Visiting a functioning kibbutz in Jerusalem can be an eye-opening experience for anyone looking to learn more about Israeli culture and history. The kibbutzim offer a unique insight into the country’s agricultural and communal way of life, and visitors can learn about the kibbutzim’s history, values, and contributions to Israeli society.

I live about 2 kilometers from Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and recommend that you visit.

Kibbutz Ramat Rachel