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Aerial shot of Nahalal
Aerial shot of Nahalal
Nahalal is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°41′24″N 35°11′48″E / 32.69000°N 35.19667°E / 32.69000; 35.19667Coordinates: 32°41′24″N 35°11′48″E / 32.69000°N 35.19667°E / 32.69000; 35.19667
District Northern
Council Jezreel Valley
Region Lower Galilee
Founded 1921
Founded by Immigrant from Eastern Europe
Population (2008) 907[1]
The main square of Nahalal
The main square of Nahalal in the 1930s
In the 1930s
The main square of Nahalal in the 2005
In 2005
September 11, 1921 – The first settlers arrive by horse and wagon from Mikveh Israel
Ilan Ramon's grave in Nahalal

Nahalal (Hebrew: נַהֲלָל), is a moshav in northern Israel.

Its name derives from a Biblical village in the tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 19:15). Covering 8,500 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Jezreel Valley Regional Council. In 2008 it had a population of 907.[1]

Founded in 1921, it was the first moshav shitufi, but it changed its status to moshav ovdim in 1992.


The modern moshav was designed by Richard Kauffmann and was established in 1921. Its founders immigrated to Mandate Palestine from Eastern Europe in what is known as the Second Aliyah and Third Aliyah between 1904 and 1914 (at the end of the Ottoman rule), some of whom had been members of the first kibbutz, Degania. After working in farming communities for a decade, they dreamt of establishing a communal farming community similar to a kibbutz, but they wanted to keep their individual family structure (kibbutzim had communal dining and children slept in separate housing).

The moshav was established on 11 September 1921 on land that had been given to them by the Jewish National Fund.

The small rivulets created marshes, which attracted Anopheles mosquitoes that spread malaria. Heeding the warnings of the experts among them, like Dr. Hillel Yaffe, an expert on the war against malaria, they temporarily settled on a nearby hill, near the Arab village of Ma'lul. Later, the founders came down from the hill and divided the land.

On 22 December 1932 a member of the moshav and his son were killed when a bomb was thrown into their home.

The village layout in Nahalal, devised by architect Richard Kauffmann, became the pattern for many of the moshavim established before 1948; it is based on concentric circles, with the public buildings (school, administrative and cultural offices, cooperative shops and warehouses) in the center, the homesteads in the innermost circle, the farm buildings in the next, and beyond those, ever-widening circles of gardens and fields. initially to 80 equal parts, 75 parts to the members and 5 parts for the agricultural school (the first two parts and the last three parts contain the agricultural school). This equal parceling of the land became the trademark geometric shape of Nahalal.


In 1929, a Girls' Agricultural Training Farm was established at Nahalal by Hana Meizel of the Women's International Zionist Organization, and in the 1940s it became a co-educational farming school of the Youth Aliyah movement.

Notable residents[edit]


  • Ilan Ramon, Israel's first and only astronaut, is buried in the Nahalal cemetery, though he never lived in Nahalal.


  1. ^ a b "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

External links[edit]

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The Jewish Week

The Jewish Week
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:59:27 -0700

His family had a castle not far from Nahalal. Her mother, who was raised in New York and returned to her village near Haifa, had “New York attitudes about gender, democracy, equality” that were, as David writes, the source of her daughter's feminism ...
The Times of Israel
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:30:13 -0700

Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi, who participated in a demonstration at the Nahalal Junction in the country's north, said agricultural workers were considering stepping up protests and halting supplies of fresh produce to Israeli supermarkets should ...


Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:37:30 -0700

... and therefore declared the establishment of “a Jewish state ... the State of Israel.” At that time, the Jewish religion in this land was at a nadir. As a boy, I lived for some time on the moshav of Nahalal. Its founders lived for many years in ...

Center for Research on Globalization

Center for Research on Globalization
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Much of the grim and murky circumstances of the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the late 1940s have gradually been exposed over time. One aspect – rarely researched or deeply discussed – is the internment of thousands of Palestinian ...

China Radio International

China Radio International
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 02:33:45 -0700

70% NG MGA NAHALAL SA PAMAHALAANG LOKAL AT KONGRESO AY MULA SA POLITICAL DYNASTIES. ito ang sinabi ni Dr. Ronaldo Mendoza, isang propesor sa Asian Institute of Management na kabilang sa nagsuri sa political dynasties sa bansa ...
Jerusalem Post
Sun, 02 Oct 2011 05:05:05 -0700

Dayan, a social activist on behalf of underprivileged women and immigrants and founder of Israel's fashion house Maskit, says that her time at Nahalal, where she met and married the late general Moshe Dayan and began a family, “was very significant.


Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:18:45 -0700

NAHALAL muli si Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas bilang presidente ng Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Mayorya ng 82 aktibong bishop na dumalo sa biannual plenary assembly sa Maynila ang bumoto para sa ...
Diario Judio (blog)
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Cuando niño yo viví por un tiempo en el pequeño poblado de Nahalal. Sus fundadores habitaron por años en miserables chozas de techo de paja. Cuando ya pudieron edificar casas de material comenzaron en primer lugar a hacerlo con los establos, y solo ...

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