Young Ethiopian Jews have formed an urban "kibbutz" in Gedera. The idea is not to share an economy as much as it is to run social and educational programs for their own community:
…The members of the urban kibbutz serve as positive role models for the other residents of Gedera. Most of the Ethiopian members have university degrees, and are assertive and self-confident.
"When my parents came to Israel, they lost their independence, their dignity. They were made passive in their absorption process," said Tashome. "We are planning to be active and to serve members of our community, not from the outside, but as part of them."