Kinneret, Israel

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Kinneret is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°43′20.99″N 35°33′51.48″E / 32.7224972°N 35.5643000°E / 32.7224972; 35.5643000Coordinates: 32°43′20.99″N 35°33′51.48″E / 32.7224972°N 35.5643000°E / 32.7224972; 35.5643000
Council Emek HaYarden
Region Jordan Valley
Affiliation Jewish Colonization Association
Founded 1908
Founded by Local Jewish farmers
Population (2009) 584[1]

Kinneret (Hebrew: כִּנֶּרֶת) is a moshava on the southwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel.[2] Located in the north of the Jordan Valley, 6 kilometers south of Tiberias, it falls under the jurisdiction of Emek HaYarden Regional Council. The village sits at around 185 meters below sea level, and in 2010 it had a population of 1,087.


Historic building, Moshav Kinneret

Kinneret was established in 1908 by the Jewish Colonization Association and took its name from the ancient Hebrew name of the Sea of Galilee and from a Biblical village located beside the Sea of Galilee further north in the tribe of Naphtali (Joshua 19:35). In its early years it was settled by local farmers from the surrounding villages, after a few years young pioneers. The original Jewish settlers stayed in the Khans of local Arab villages.[3]Beit Ha'almot, an agricultural training farm for women, was established in 1911. [4]

After Israeli independence the village became a local council with an area of 7,000 Dunums. However, as part of a local government reorganisation in 2003, it came under the control of Emek HaYarden Regional Council.


Moshav Kinneret operates a history museum in a building that housed the first local hospital. [5] Near Kinneret lies the tomb of Rabbi Meir known as the Wonder-Maker.


  1. ^ "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  2. ^ Moshav Kinneret
  3. ^ Shafir, Gershon (1989 undated 1996) Land, Labour and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1882-1914 University of California Press ISBN 0-520-20401-8 p 199
  4. ^ Kinneret courtyard
  5. ^ Kinneret Museum

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