Nahalal is a moshav
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 in northern Israel
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Its name derives from a Biblical village in the tribe of Zebulun
Tribe of Zebulun
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 . Covering 8,500 dunam
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s, it falls under the jurisdiction of Jezreel Valley Regional Council
Jezreel Valley Regional Council
Jezreel Valley Regional Council is a regional council in northern Israel that encompasses most of the settlements in the Jezreel Valley. It includes 15 kibbutzim, 15 moshavim, 6 communal settlements and two Bedouin villages...

. In 2008 it had a population of 907.

Founded in 1921, it was the first moshav ovdim.


The modern moshav was established in 1921. Its founders immigrated
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 to Mandate Palestine
Mandate Palestine
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 from Eastern Europe
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 in what is known as the Second Aliyah
Second Aliyah
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 and Third Aliyah
Third Aliyah
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 between 1904 and 1914 (at the end of the Ottoman
Ottoman Empire
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 rule), some of whom had been members of the first kibbutz
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, Degania. After working in farming communities for a decade, they dreamt of establishing a communal farming community similar to a kibbutz
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, 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
Jewish National Fund
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The small rivulets created marshes, which attracted Anopheles
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 mosquitoes that spread malaria
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. Heeding the warnings of the experts among them, like Dr. Hillel Yaffe
Hillel Yaffe
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, an expert on the war against malaria, they temporarily settled on a nearby hill, near the Arab village of Ma'lul
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. Later, the founders came down from the hill and divided the land.

The village layout in Nahalal, devised by architect Richard Kauffman, 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
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, and in the 1940s it became a co-educational farming school of the Youth Aliyah
Youth Aliyah
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Notable residents

  • Assi Dayan
    Assi Dayan
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    , (born 1945), film director, actor, screenwriter, and producer
  • Moshe Dayan
    Moshe Dayan
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    , Minister of Defense
  • Shmuel Dayan
    Shmuel Dayan
    Shmuel Dayan was a Zionist activist during the British Mandate of Palestine and an Israeli politician who served in the first three Knessets.-Biography:...

  • Yael Dayan
    Yael Dayan
    Yaël Dayan is an Israeli politician and author. She served as a member of the Knesset between 1992 and 2003, and is currently the chair of Tel Aviv city council. She is the daughter of Moshe Dayan and sister of Assi Dayan.-Biography:...

    , MK and daughter of Moshe
  • Yehonatan Geffen
    Yehonatan Geffen
    Yehonatan Geffen also known as Yonatan Gefen, is an Israeli author, poet, songwriter, journalist, and playwright.- Biography :...

    , musician
  • Amos Hadar
    Amos Hadar
    Amos Hadar is a former Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the Alignment between 1974 and 1981.-Biography:Born in Nahalal during the Mandate era, Hadar was a member of the HaNoar HaOved youth movement. He became secretary of Nahalal, and also volunteered for the Bnei...

    , member of the Knesset
  • Aryeh Nehemkin
    Aryeh Nehemkin
    Aryeh Nehemkin is a former Israeli politician who served as Minister of Agriculture from 1984 until 1988.Born in Nahalal during the Mandate Era, Nehemkin was a Haganah member between 1943 and 1948...

    , Minister of Agriculture
  • Moshe Peled
    Moshe Peled
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  • Amir Pnueli
  • Nissan Rilov
    Nissan Rilov
    Nissan Rilov was an Israeli painter and one of the first and few children to live in Nahalal , the first Zionist moshav in Palestine.Rilov served in the Special Night Squads , the Haganah, and the British Army during World War II...

  • Meir Shalev
    Meir Shalev
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    , writer
  • Hannah Szenes
    Hannah Szenes
    Hannah Szenes , often anglicized as Hannah Senesh was a Hungarian Jew, one of 37 Jews from the British Mandate for Palestine that were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to...

  • Ilan Ramon
    Ilan Ramon
    Ilan Ramon was a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, and later the first Israeli astronaut....

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

External links

  • Official website
  • Degania & Nahalal UNESCO
  • Nahalal Jewish Agency for Israel
  • LIFE Magazin, Jul 5, 1937, "Jews made a garden" - aerial photo of Nahalal (page 55), and a girl from Girls' Agricultural Training Farm (page 54), at Google Books.
  • 25 Mind-Blowing Aerial Photographs Around the World at - better aerial photograph at #9, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
    Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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