Yad Tabenkin, commemorating Yitzhak Tabenkin, is the Research and Documentation Center of the Kibbutz Movement.
Yitzhak Tabenkin (1897 – 1971) was one of the founders of “Achdut HaAvoda” (1919); participated in the founding convention of the Histadrut (the General Federation of Laborers in the Land of Israel – 1920). Tabenkin was one of the founders of HaKibbutz Ha’Meuchad” Movement and its spiritual leader; Leader of “Achdut HaAvoda” until the establishment of the Labour Party in 1968. Tabenkin devoted much of his life to the establishment of the foundations and philosophy of Kibbutz and communal life. He was a member of Kibbutz Ein Harod and served as a Knesset Member (1, 3).
In addition to its research and documentation activities Yad Tabenkin conducts seminars and study days, publishes books and promotes contacts with many institutions both in Israel and abroad.
Yad Tabenkin contains departments that serve both researchers and other interested parties: the Archives and a Research Library with a comprehensive collection of material on the labor movement, kibbutz and communes.
The Publication Department publishes research studies and documentation, some in collaboration with other academic institutions. Yad Tabenkin maintains contacts with many institutions of learning and research in Israel and throughout the world. Yad Tabenkin houses the office of the International Communal Studies Association (ICSA).
The Institute conducts seminars and study days and fosters its aim of supporting young researchers and others studying subjects within its sphere of interest by awarding research grants annually. The grants are available to any student at an academic institution working on a masters or doctoral degree and are awarded by a joint committee of Yad Tabenkin and Tel-Aviv University.
It recently announced the establishment of a Research Grant in the name of Yaacov Oved, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History, Tel-Aviv University. Yaacov is a co-founder of the ICSA and served as its executive director from 1985 until 2004. The grant will be awarded for academic studies of the Kibbutz and Cooperative Communities in Israel and throughout the world.
Director: Dr. Paz Elnir
Ramat Efal, Israel 5296000
Office: ++ 972 3 5344458
Yad Tabenkin Archives
Director: Dr. Aharon Azati
tel: (03) 5352103; http://www.kibbutzarchives.org.il