Ayelet HaShahar

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Ayelet HaShahar
אַיֶּלֶת הַשַּׁחַר
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • official Ayyelet HaShahar
Ayelet HaShahar is located in Israel
Ayelet HaShahar
Ayelet HaShahar
Coordinates: 33°1′22.07″N 35°34′39.35″E / 33.0227972°N 35.5775972°E / 33.0227972; 35.5775972Coordinates: 33°1′22.07″N 35°34′39.35″E / 33.0227972°N 35.5775972°E / 33.0227972; 35.5775972
Council Upper Galilee
Region Upper Galilee
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1915
Founded by European immigrants
Population (2012) 1,565[1]
Website www.ayelet.org.il

Ayelet HaShahar (Hebrew: אַיֶּלֶת הַשַּׁחַר) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located on the Rosh PinaMetulla road, it is approximately 35 kilometers south of Kiryat Shmona and falls under the jurisdiction of Upper Galilee Regional Council. In 2012 it had a population of 1,565.[1]


The land on which the kibbutz is located was bought by the Jewish Colonization Association in 1892. It was first settled by immigrants from Europe in 1915 during the Second Aliyah period.

During the end of the British mandate, the kibbutz was the staging ground for Palmach operations, "Markolet" (Night of the bridges) and the bombing of the Yarmuk Bridge (16–17 June 1946).


Ayelet HaShahar is one of the larger fruit producers in Israel. They also raise dairy cattle and poultry, and manage beehives (the kibbutz is a major producer of Israel's honey). There are fish ponds, which take water from canals that drain the nearby Hula Valley swamps.


Mevo HaGalil, the regional elementary school, is located at the kibbutz. The school run by the kibbutzim of the Upper Galilee


Tel Hazor, capital of Canaanite Galilee, lies opposite the kibbutz. The Archaeological Museum of Hatzor is located at the kibbutz. Antiquities from Tel Hazor are displayed, but many of the original artifacts are actually at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Famous residents[edit]

Avshalom Okashi, one of the founders of the New Horizons Art Movement, became a member of the Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar in 1936.

Songwriter, singer, and novelist Tzruya Lahav was born and raised in Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar.


  1. ^ a b "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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