|Region||Sea of Galilee|
Kvutzat Kinneret (Hebrew: קְבוּצַת כִּנֶּרֶת) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located to the south-west of the Sea of Galilee near Tiberias, it falls under the jurisdiction of Emek HaYarden Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 896. Often called Kibbutz Kinneret, it it is located next to the moshava also named Kinneret.
The name of Kibbutz Kinneret derives from an ancient Canaanite town, which was however located close to the other, northern end of the lake's western shore. According to the Hebrew Bible, the town of Kinneret fell into the allotment of the tribe of Naphtali (Joshua 19:35), while the area of modern Kibbutz Kinneret was probably also part of Naphtali, or (depending on interpretation) of Issachar or Zebulun. In the Hebrew Bible the Sea of Galilee was named Yam Kinneret, lit. the Sea of Kinneret, another reason for the name chosen for the kibbutz. The nearby ancient town of Bet Yerah was not inhabited during the time of the kingdoms of Israel and is thus not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, its main relevance to the kibbutz being that it gave its name to the local high school, which is attended by children from the entire area, not just Kibbutz Kinneret.
Kibbutz Kinneret, much like Moshavat Kinneret and Kibbutz Degania Alef, evolved from a colony founded in 1908 as Havat Kinneret (Hebrew: חוות כנרת, lit. Kinneret Farm but often called Kinneret Courtyard). The kibbutz as such was established in 1913. Beekeeping and the sale of honey were among the earliest economic branches.
To the east of the kibbutz, across the road from the restored Kinneret Farm, is the historic Kinneret Cemetery where many pioneers and leaders of the Labour movement are buried, among them Berl Katznelson, Nachman Syrkin, Rachel Bluwstein, Ber Borochov, Moses Hess, Avraham Herzfeld and Shmuel Stoller. The first grave was dug in 1911.