Kfar Ruppin

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Kfar Ruppin
Region Valley of Springs
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1938
Founded by Massad members
Website www.kfar-ruppin.org.il

Kfar Ruppin (Hebrew: כְּפַר רוּפִּין, lit. Ruppin Village) is a kibbutz in the Beit She'an Valley about 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Beit She'an in northern Israel. A member of the Kibbutz Movement, it falls under the jurisdiction of Valley of Springs Regional Council. In 2006, the population was 450.

History[edit]

The kibbutz was founded in 1938 by the "Massad" group as part of the tower and stockade enterprise. The first residents were immigrants from Germany, Bohemia and Austria.[1] It was named in honour of Arthur Ruppin, who helped to develop Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel.

Economy[edit]

Aside from agriculture and fish farming, the kibbutz has a factory that produces plastic managed by an external company.[2]

Birdwatching[edit]

The area is known for birdwatching due to its location on one of the most important bird migration flyways between Europe and Africa.[3] A bird ringing station is also located there.[4]The kibbutz culture hall, built in 1965 on a hill near the original tower and stockade structures, is being converted into a birdwatching observatory and research center.[5]

Landmarks[edit]

Kfar Ruppin gardens is a 50 acres (200,000 m2) public garden on the grounds of the kibbutz.[6] Near the kibbutz is an archaeological site called Tel Tsaf, a 7,000 year old prehistoric village which has produced the largest database of materials from the Neolithic to the Chalcolithic periods.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ p. 211, Gavron, Daniel, The Kibbutz: Awakening from Utopia, Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Inc., 2000, ISBN 978-0-8476-9526-3.
  2. ^ p. 215, Gavron, Daniel, op. cit.
  3. ^ Leiah Elbaum's Israeli Birdwatching site. Retrieved on 25-08-2009.
  4. ^ International Birdwatching Center of the Jordan Valley. Retrieved on 25-08-2009.
  5. ^ Disused kibbutz hall gets new life as birdwatching center, Haaretz
  6. ^ Kfar Ruppin Gardens
  7. ^ The Guide to archaeological fieldwork opportunities outside the UK Archaeology Abroad

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Coordinates: 32°27′27″N 35°33′21.96″E / 32.45750°N 35.5561000°E / 32.45750; 35.5561000