Libby and I walked home from pre-school and found nice things along the way.
Like this clever campaign that has hung mirrors on billboards that are advertising candidates for this Tuesday's local elections.
The paper above the mirror says "Kehila zeh be'etsem ATA!!!" which means "Actually, community is YOU!!!
I should explain that Meitar (aka Metar) is a yeshuv kehilati.
The term means "community settlement" but it can also be translated as an "incorporated community."
Meitar has grown to almost 8,000 since it was begun in 1984.
Wikipedia makes this good point:
Residents of community settlements are typically very involved in their community. They know their neighbors well, they volunteer for various committees which run the town and its facilities, and they often meet together for various events and celebrations. A genuine feeling of community is often felt in these settlements, which is why that word was chosen to describe this form of settlement. The strong sense of community is of course made possible by the small size of the towns, and also by favoring applicants who seek strong community ties over applicants who seek to live within their own four walls without ever seeing a neighbor.
A Government ministry publication explains like this:
Yishuvim kehilatim (plural) range in size from 10 to 20 residents to hundreds of families. Many reach populations of up to 1000 families. Yet, on a yishuv kehilati, a rural atmosphere is preserved.UPDATE: Meanwhile I learned that Kehila, as well as meaning community, is also the name of the party of the incumbent Head of the Local Council (like a mayor).
Residents maintain a network that provides educational and cultural services but do not have any economic ties to each other.
On a yishuv kehilati, each family builds or purchases a home. On some, each family makes its own arrangements for buildings, while on others construction is centrally organized. . . .
Many of these communities have an acceptance committee that handles membership applications.
(Linking to Weekend Reflections.)