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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ein Shemer

(Israel Twitter)Ein Shemer, עֵין שֶׁמֶר‎‎) is a kibbutz in northern Israel, near Hadera, under the jurisdiction of Menashe Regional Council. In 2006 the kibbutz had a population of 787.
The kibbutz was established in 1927 by members of Hashomer Hatzair from Poland and later, Jews from Egypt, Yugoslavia and other countries. It was named "after Shemer, who was owner of land upon which city of Samaria was built (I Kings 16:24)."
It is situated among the green hills of the Shomron region, surrounded by citrus groves, orchards and fertile fields. It is located just south of Route 65, about 6 km northeast of Hadera, and is in the Menashe Regional Council. The kibbutz was founded in 1927 by about 54 pioneers, and now has a population of about 600 people. The kibbutz makes a living from agriculture and industry as well as work of individual members outside the kibbutz. The children study at the regional council elementary school, and at the kibbutz-oriented high school, Mevo’ot ‘Iron.

The kibbutz is known for its Old Courtyard Museum documenting the life of the early pioneers. Also located on the grounds of the kibbutz is an old diesel-engine oil press that operated in Jaffa in the early 20th century. The press was later used in the Arab village of Qabatiya in Samaria. When it was discarded, kibbutz member Ran Hedvatti dismantled it and reconstructed it on the kibbutz.During the olive harvest season, the kibbutz offers organized tours.

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