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Amutat Tzel Hatamar - Center for Creative Ecology

National Network: 
Israel
Address: 
Kibbutz Lotan
88855 Kibbutz Lotan
Israël
Telephone: 
0549799009
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment: 
1999
General Information: 

Amutat Tzel Hatamar is a registered charity in Israel, no. 580347029, which funds research, development and activities including outreach and scholarships of the Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology. The Amuta has a steering committe comprised of a chair, treasurer and three members, all volunteers. Funding for specific projects is raised for those specific projects. Budgets are based on funds raised and earmarked for the projects on a yearly basis.

Mission and Objectives: 

1. To advance the values of environmental protection through research, education, conservation, experiential activities and examples of sustainable communal living.

2. To support educational and cultural activities which encourage the development of a democratic, pluralistic and environmentally friendly community which serves also as an example for other communities committed to environmental and social sustainability.

1. To advance Reform Zionism from a democratic, pluralistic perspective through engaging in Jewish Zionist education for youth and adults from Israel and the Diaspora, promoting Jewish Zionist culture and engaging in research, education and promotion of Jewish values in a democratic atmosphere.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Partial sponsorship of Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology in partnership with Kibbutz Lotan. Recent accomplishments include - 
1. Development of the Lotan Nature and Migratory Bird Reserve including Hides in Lotan’s bird reserve for observation of migrating birds constructed from recycled and natural materials.
2. Subsidies to enable low-budgeted special groups to particapte in educational programming at the Center. Groups include Beit Hagalgaim – a center for young adults with CP, Beit Dafna – a center for teens with autism, Zaka summer camps for children affected or injured by terror incidents, Beit haShanti – a home for troubled youth in Tel Aviv, and more.
3. Subsidies to enable school and kindergarten groups from the region, Eilat and the rest of Israel participate in the Center’s programming.
4. Sponsoring the Center’s professionals’ work as supervisors and trainers in the building of a health clinic built with alternative building methods at the Bedouin unrecognized village of Wadi-El-Naam. This sponsorship was made at the request of the NGO Butan L’shalom, with whom future projects are being developed.

5. Active engagement in establishing the Israel regional network of the Global Ecovillage Network, and participation in developing the curriculum of Gaia Education Foundation's Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) program. The Center for Creative Ecology was the first to community based organization in the world to teach this program which is now being used worldwide.

5. Reseach and development of energy efficient housing including sucessful fire rating testing of materials (earth plastered straw bales), hand-engineering of earthquake proof house structures, purchase of photovoltaic panels for the Center's EcoCampus and energy monitoring of its performance. 

Sponsorship of two long-term educational programs on Kibbutz Lotan:
1. Shnat Sherut - A year of service before the army. 8-15 Israeli high school graduates participate in Lotan's shnat sherut program. The yearlong program, now in its eighteenth year, includes work on Lotan, gemilut hasidim/social justice projects in the greater region, and educational programming based on Lotan's Reform Zionism ideology.
2. Green Apprenticeship Program - An intensive month-long work /study experience, which links together practical skills for environmental sustainabilty along with an engineering methodolgy for developing human habitats while protecting human rights and conservation of natural resources. Participant learn business skills  while helping to build and maintain the Center for Creative Ecology, its facilities and educational programs. Practical experience is reinforced by formal studies, a holistic link to permaculture ideas, and an opportunity for participants to share their ideas and past experiences to influence new projects. This unique work / study experience is also interwoven into the daily life of Kibbutz Lotan.

▪ Partial sponsorship of alternative building projects on Kibbutz Lotan via the Center for Creative Ecology, including –
1. A day care center, outdoor play area from recycled materials.  The work on the play area was performed by students in the Green Apprentice program. 
2. Israel's first recycling center (together with funding from the Environment Ministry and the first bus station constructed from earth plaster and used tires in Israel.
3. The EcoCampus - housing for Green Apprenticeship participants using passive solar, straw-bale, earth plaster building methods integrated with solar power and urban gardening as a living example of energy and resource efficicent housing appropriate for low-income communities in hot, arid regions.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

Graduates of the Green Apprenticeship and Year of Service programs, as well as participants in our many workshops and professional training programs, and guests that visit and learn from our ideals and actions, are active in many NGO's. government organization, universities, and community organizations. Many have started their own businesses or have changed existing businesses to become more socially and environmentally sustainable. In particular, the women who have participated in our programs have fed back to us how they were empowered to become leaders in the wokr that they do.

We are a training institute for individuals and groups from Israel and visiting from abroad, in association with the Jewish National Fund, Mashav - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Arava Institute, AICAT - the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training and many of the community gardens and Eco-Education farms and experience centers in Israel.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

We are interesting in widening our reach to participants in neighboring countries and Europe. Funding particpants from abroad creates a unique educational experience focused on global leadership.  Israeli particpants in our courses (all taught in English) bond with the foreign nationals as they all become global leaders with compasion and experience in cross-cultural educational experience directed towards networking for a common good. Our experience has shown us that our program graduates have the tools that are necessary for successful development and management of NGO's, health organizations, agriculture and construction/infrastructure development organizations. We are committed to significantly increasing the number taking our programs and hope that ALF and its Network will help us expand our reach.