Yad Ya'ari, HaShomer
HaTzair centre for research and documentation, was founded in 1983 as the
element responsible for the conservation and cultivation of the memory of the
movement in the widest scope. The centre is occupied in general recording of
the history of the movement, in planning and managing research projects,
exhibitions and seminars. The centre publishes historical researches and
sources and is partner to the publication of "Hevra"
("Society") magazine, dedicated to researching Israeli society, the Labour
movement and the kibbutz.
Archive and Research.
HaTzair archive, responsible for records of HaShomer HaTzair, HaKibbutz HaArtzi
publication and seminars branch.
In addition, Yad Ya'ari
includes the institute for the research of youth movements, a study room and
bibliographic collection and a historical exhibit on the path of HaShomer
HaTzair and HaKibbutz HaArtzi.
Concept and Purpose.
Yad Ya'ari is founded on
the concept that the combination of documentation, research and publication in
one institute guarantees maximal integration of historical memory, academic
research and public resonance.
The primary goal of Yad
Ya'ari is to act as a complex in charge of the collective memory of the
movement and all its various extensions, researching the past and the present
and providing a central source for basing the educational, conceptual and
public activity of the movement.
The centre has been acting
for nine decades to base and highlight the actions and contributions of
HaShomer HaTzair movement and HaKibbutz HaArtzi for the Jewish people and the
State of Israel at home and abroad.
Aside from the rich
archival documentation, open seminars are held for the public, during which
research projects initiated by the centre are presented alongside publications
published in cooperation with academic institutions in Israel. These projects
light the history of the movement in the fields of education, society, culture,
settlement, security and policy.
The centre acts to spread
information regarding the past and contributions of the movement to all social
strata and particularly the younger generation and immigrant population.
The centre's main goals
are to preserve the collective memory of the movement, cultivating the legacy
of its values and spreading information and knowledge regarding its activities,
researching its social and conceptual path and fighting the trends which blur
its character and the memory of its achievements. The activities of the Yad
Ya'ari centre diminishes the existing ignorance of the kibbutz movement's
contribution to the establishment of the people and the state and thus fights
those who seek to diminish it and blur the memory of it.
Central topics in Yad
Ya'ari's work plan are:
a main frame for all HaShomer HaTzair archival materials, both hardcopy and
digital, in a professional and advanced manner, which can be achieved at Yad
Ya'ari itself and on the internet.
digitization and integration in national heritage projects such as the
"Israeli Archives Network" and "Historical Hebrew
services, advice and guidance for the educational and executive branches of the
educational movement and Kibbutz Movement.
the archive a home for the social and political movements of the Israeli
political left wing.
the HaShomer HaTzair display and making it a source of attraction for those
interested in the history of the Zionist youth movements.
and expanding the activity of HaShomer HaTzair alumni organization,
books and research and expanding the subscriber and reader base of
researchers and research on the subjects of the Kibbutz Movement, the youth
movements and Israeli society today.
seminars in Givat Haviva and outside it, independently and in collaboration
with other bodies of research.
Yad Ya'ari is visited by
people from all around the country and the world, most of them students and
researchers, most of them young and some of them people wishing to conduct a
personal investigation into the history of the movement.