Samar has a large choice of workplaces. They range from internal services for the kibbutz: the kitchen, kindergartens, carpentry shop, steel shop/garage, and the kibbutz office.
There are also external businesses, presented in more detail below. The kibbutz is largely self-sufficient when it comes to working labor. Hired workers are rare. Most work on the kibbutz is performed by members, with the help of volunteers.
Organic Date Groves
Samar's pride and joy is our organic date orchard, the largest in Israel and in the whole Mediterranean area.
We have around 250 milk cows on the kibbutz, and a similar number of calves. Even though experts once considered dairy farming in the Arava impossible, we do it very successfully. Today the dairy products of the area are famous nationwide.
Crystal has developed control, automation, software, and other technical systems, including a sorting and packing machine for dates that cuts time and labor costs dramatically.
Turf grass production
Samar is proud of its production of Paspalum grass turf. Natural grass sod can be ordered at reasonable prices, with courteous and reliable service. Contact Noach Ben David at 052-8803142.
Samar Desert Adventure
In 2011 we opened a new enterprise, providing mountain bike tours. Along with offering guides, accomodations, and meals for hiking parties, we have built new bike paths under contract with the Israel Parks Authority in the Eilat Mountains and Mitzpe Ramon, and in Timna Park through the JNF. Currently Samar has facilities for up to 20 bikers, in rooms newly refurbished for this purpose.
Desert Studies Center
This center offers specialized guided tours focusing on the desert environment of southern Israel, Sinai, and Jordan.
For more information contact Assaf Holzer: Tel . 00972-(0)8-6356794 Fax. 00972-(0)8-6356758
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Samar has long been a pioneer for solar energy in the Arava. At one time, the largest single solar installation in Israel was here on Samar. We now have many solar collectors here, and have also helped neighboring kibbutzim harness our year-round, reliable sunshine.
Art Classes and Workshops are available for all ages in the serene surroundings of Kibbutz Samar. Small classes are designed for students of different ages and experience, using a variety of media.
Susanne Tamir – Design & Web Design
Responsive Design for print and web, using Drupal, Photoshop and Wordpress
Near Samar, deep in the desert, is a Desert Ashram, a place for meditation, silence and peace. The ashram is a spiritual center for festivals as well as spiritual and therapy workshops that take place every weekend. The place is operated by the members of an amazing commune of desert people and Osho meditators. Come and learn about the Ashram and about our live-In in Program, Working Meditation Program, or WOMP. Your stay can last for a day or as long as you wish.