Hatsar Kinneret

  • Issue: June 2002
  • Artist: Zina Roitman
  • Designer: Yizhak Granot
  • Stamp Size: 25.7 mm x 20 mm
  • Plate no.: 476 no. phosphor bars
  • Sheet of 50 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: The House of Questa, UK
  • Method of printing: Rotogravure

The Kinneret farm is mostly identified with the Second Aliyah (second wave of immigration to Israel). Hatsar Kinneret was founded at a time of heightened Zionist political activity and was the first settlement to be established by the Zionist Movement. Hatsar Kinneret was unique in that it was the center of the inception of many groups and such as the kibbutz, moshav, the Hagana defense organization, "Hamashbir", "Tnuva" etc. Training was started at Hatsar Kineret and the first groups of settlers of Deganya, Kinneret, Ein Harod, Nahalal, Afikim, Ein Gev and Ma'agan were formed.

History of development

1905 — purchase of land from Umm Junie
1908 — Dr. Arthur Rupin establishes a worker's farm at Kinneret under the management of the agronomist Berman. The Kinneret village is founded.
1909 — the farm land is divided between the farm and Umm Junie's land
1910 — Kibbutz Deganya Alef is founded
1911 — The Hana Meisel Agricultural School for Girls is established. Rahel Bluwstein (Rahel the poetess) was one of the students.
1912 — arrival of group of immigrants from Yemen
1913 — Kibbutz Kinneret is founded
1920 — the "Hagana" is founded.

Until 1940 Hatsar Kinneret was the center for the pioneer settlers of the Kibbutzim in the Jordan valley.
Until 1974 Hatsar Kinneret was used as a military base and then was abandoned.  In recent years restoration and preservation work has been done on the site.

Omri Shalmon
The Council for the Preservation of Buildings and Historic Sites

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Building & Historic Sites (VI)- Hatsar Kinneret