Friday, February 3, 2012

These Kibbutzim of the Jezreel Valley Were Dedicated 90 Years Ago

The children of Geva (circa 1930)
Kibbutz Geva and Kibbutz Ein Harod were established in the early 1920s in the Gilboa region of the Jezreel Valley on land purchased by the Jewish National Fund.
Ein Harod's communal dining room

Ein Harod cattle

Ein Harod housing
Geva coops

Plowing in the Jezreel Valley
Founded by Polish and Russian Jews from the Second and Third Aliya movements in the early 20th century, the kibbutzim are thriving communities today.  (Ein Harod split into two separate kibbutzim in 1952.)

Ein Harod children (circa 1930)
During the Arab Revolt (1936-1939), Ein Harod served as the base for the British officer Orde Wingate and his commando forces, the "Special Night Squads."

Israel's president Shimon Peres was a resident of Geva for several years as a young man.

Geva's singing troupe, the Gevatron, was founded in 1948 and remains one of Israel's favorite folk music groups.

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