Come to Visit – English

Kinneret Courtyard staff working on the  National Agricultural Courtyard of Kinneret since 2006.  The Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS) renewed the historic site.

We're all members of The Zionist Socialist movement of Hamahanot Ha'Olim. We maintain it, make it active and flourishing and we guide through the site.
We would love to have you tour guided in this cradle of Zionism, Cooperative and the Kibbutz Movement in Israel.

Come to visit,

just call before :-),

Kinneret Courtyard staff.

Phone: +97-4-6709117
Fax: +972-4-6709119

Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 to 16:00
Fri: 9:00 to 14:00
Sat: 10:00 to 16:00

Our Brief History:

The Kinneret Courtyardlocated at the entrance to the Kinneret Moshava, was established in 1908 by the Land of Israel Office of the World Zionist Organization – at the initiative of it's director, Dr. Arthur Ruppin – to train Jewish agricultural laborers. The farm, managed by Dr. Moshe Berman, became a center for the pioneers of the Second Aliya. In 1910 Ruppin decided to divide the farm, and gave the lands of Um-Juni to the Kvutza HaHaderatit [The Group from Hadera] for self-cultivation and self-management. On that land the group established Degania – the first collective settlement.

Later, the Kinneret farm was given to Ben-Zion Israeli's group, totalling 9 members, who went on to become Kvutzat Kinneret, which moved to its permanent settlement location in 1929.

The Courtyard was left without land, and became the temporary home for successive settlement groups: Afikim (until 1934),Ein-Gev (until 1940), and Maagan (until 1949).

The Kinneret Courtyard was  a kind of social laboratory, where innovative social ideas were being crystallized into practical models: the Kvutza [collective group] and the Moshav [cooperative village]. Here the agronomist Hana Maisel established Havat HaAlamot [womens farm], which trained women for agricultural work. One of her trainees was Rachel the poetess. Here the nucleus of important economical and social enterprises received form: the Hagana (defense organization), HaMashbir (wholesale cooperative owned by the farmers), the Women's Workers Movement, and more. Many central figures from the history of the settlement of Israel lived and worked here – A.D. GordonBerl KatznelsonZalman Shazar, amongst others.

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