Kadoorie School

  • Issue: August 2002
  • Artist: Zina Roitman
  • Designer: Yitzhak Granot
  • Stamp Size: 25.7 mm x 20 mm
  • Plate no.: 477 (no phosphor bars)
  • Sheet of 50 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: The House of Questa, UK
  • Method of printing: rotogravure

The Agricultural School was established in 1933 as a British governmental school. Only select students from around the country were accepted to the school and many became important leaders in Israeli society, economy and security.

Sir Ellis Kadoorie, a Jew and Zionist from China, founded the school. He believed in co­existence in Eretz Israel and therefore founded two schools, one in the lower Galilee for the Jewish population and the other in Tulkaram for the Arabs.

Almost all Kadoorie School graduates joined the "Palmach". The central motive of the school's tradition was a high level of tuition with major emphasis on agricultural studies. Integrity was a sacred value in the education of the students. Among the graduates were; Yitzhak Rabin, Yigal Alon, the poet Haim Guri and others. The school was called "the monastery" because of its isolated position and it was only for boys. Girls were admitted to the school from 1952.

Today, Kadoorie is a boarding school and has agricultural land. There is an elementary school, middle school and high school for students from the lower and upper Galilee.

The Council for the Preservation of Buildings and Historic Sites, in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth (JNF), Ministry of Culture and Science and the Regional Council of the Lower Galilee, work to preserve and reconstruct the Kadoorie buildings and historical stables (as shown on the stamp).

The Council for preservation of Building & Historic Sites

A public organization acting within the Nature Protection Society - was established in 1984 by the Knesset Education Committee. The Council acts to prevent destruction of sites and buildings: initiates and encourages preservation and development plans, imparts educational values stressing the importance of preserving constructed heritage in Eretz Israel as part of its cultural history and increases public awareness of the need for preservation.

The Council operates a number of sites: the Miqwe Yisrael Visitors Center, the Atlit Illegal Immigrant Camp, the Ayalon Institute at Givat Ha'kibbutzim in Rehovot, the David Ben Gurion Training Center in Segera, the Woman Fighter site in Nitzanim and the workers camp in Sedom. It is partner to the renovation of hundreds of additional sites, approximately one hundred of them serving as visitors centers and historical museums open to the general public.

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

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Building & Historic Sites (VII) - Kadoorie School