Merhavia (kibbutz)

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 • standard Merhavya
Merhavia is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°36′21.06″N 35°18′26.1″E / 32.6058500°N 35.307250°E / 32.6058500; 35.307250Coordinates: 32°36′21.06″N 35°18′26.1″E / 32.6058500°N 35.307250°E / 32.6058500; 35.307250
Council Jezreel Valley
Region Galilee
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1929
Founded by Galician Hashomer Hatzair members
Population (2008) 799[1]
Golda Meir in the fields at Kibbutz Merhavia (1920s)

Merhavia (Hebrew: מֶרְחַבְיָה, lit. Great Enlargement – God) is a kibbutz in northern Israel, near the city Afula. The name Merhavia is derived from the Book of Psalms 118:5;

Out of my straits I called upon the LORD; .. answered me with great enlargement – God.

(in the metaphorical sense: "God set me free." – The experience of the Jews immigrating to Israel and achieving a new homeland without the straits of persecution).

It falls under the jurisdiction of Jezreel Valley Regional Council and in 2006 had a population of 759.

The kibbutz was established in 1929 adjacent to moshav Merhavia (from which it took its name). The founders were members of Hashomer Hatzair who had immigrated from Galicia after World War I and had been living in Haifa, including Eliezer Peri, who later represented Mapam in the Knesset.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Yaakov Shabtai (1934–81), novelist, playwright, and translator
  • Golda Meir (1898–1978), fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel


  1. ^ "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 

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