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View from Amirim
View from Amirim
Amirim is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°56′17.67″N 35°27′6.24″E / 32.9382417°N 35.4517333°E / 32.9382417; 35.4517333Coordinates: 32°56′17.67″N 35°27′6.24″E / 32.9382417°N 35.4517333°E / 32.9382417; 35.4517333
Council Merom HaGalil
Region Upper Galilee
Population (2012) 696[1]

Amirim (Hebrew: אֲמִירִים, lit. Treetops) is a moshav in the Galilee established by vegetarians. Today 150 families live on the moshav.[2] Amirim is located 650 m. above sea level on a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. It is 15 km. from Safed.[3]


Early attempts by Jewish immigrants from Morocco to establish a settlement in the 1950s were not successful. The original name was Shefa Bet. In 1958, a group of people of various backgrounds banded together to create a moshav based on a vegetarian, vegan, and organic lifestyle and ideology. Among them were numerous Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventist families under the leadership of Ben Roden and Lois Roden. The founders of Amirim were among the pioneers of the vegetarian movement in Israel.[2] The Rodens established "The Branch Organic Agricultural Association," one of the first organizations to encourage organic gardening in Israel, which produces an abundance of crops for the area and for Europe.[citation needed]


One of the moshav's main sources of income is tourism. The moshav runs guesthouses and restaurants featuring vegetarian and vegan food. In the early 1960s, the Jewish Agency helped 10 families build the first zimmerim, as the guest chalets are known.[2]

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