Kerem Maharal

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Kerem Maharal
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Kerem Maharal is located in Israel
Kerem Maharal
Kerem Maharal
Coordinates: 32°38′56.75″N 34°59′31.19″E / 32.6490972°N 34.9919972°E / 32.6490972; 34.9919972Coordinates: 32°38′56.75″N 34°59′31.19″E / 32.6490972°N 34.9919972°E / 32.6490972; 34.9919972
Council Hof HaCarmel
Region Carmel
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Czech immigrants - refugees, survivors of Nazi holocaust

Kerem Maharal (Hebrew: כֶּרֶם מַהֲרַ"ל, lit. Maharal Vineyard) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located near Atlit, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof HaCarmel Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 566.

The moshav was established in 1949 by group of Jewish holocaust survivors, originally from Czechoslovakia, who immigrated to Israel with the help of the Aliya movement after World War II. It was built on the lands of the depopulated former Palestinian Arab village of Ijzim, which was captured by the IDF in Operation Shoter during the 1948 Israel War of Independence. It was named after legendary 16th century Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, also known as "Maharal".

Admiral Ami Ayalon, former head of Shin Bet (the Israeli Internal Security Service, known in Hebrew by its acronym 'Shabak'), presently resides in the moshav.

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