Before the State of Israel was established, Jews lived in small rural communities called Kibbutzim (plural of kibbutz). Now, a total of 13,000 homes on 116 kibbutzim have received permits to become privately owned. The process will take a few years before complete. Owners will then have the right to sell their residences or leave them to their. The values of the homes range from $20,000 to $300,000. With the privatization of these homes, the era of communal life in Israel is coming to an end.