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Gar'in (Hebrew: גרעין‎‎, lit. kernel) is a Hebrew term used for groups of people who moved together to Ottoman Palestine, British Palestine, and since 1948, Israel.[1][2]


Since the beginning of the 20th century, groups of people (usually circles of young friends) moved to Palestine/Israel together. The term "gar'in" originally referred to these groups who came from all across the world. Immigrating in a group provided the support necessary for survival. Many of these groups founded their own kibbutzim. The phenomemon of these groups has been ongoing since before Israel was established in 1948.

A variation of the original Gar'in groups still exist today. Whilst it is rare for gar'in to move to Israel together and form a community, the groups provide support for people interested in moving to Israel. They also provide forums for social-networking, information gathering, and encouragement.


  1. ^ E. Ann McDougall - Engaging with a Legacy: Nehemia Levtzion (1935-2003) 2014 - Page 19 1317980905 "At the end of this basic training, the gar'in moved to Kibbutz Ayelet Ha-shachar, and I was sent for hadracha [guidance] to Hatno'a Ha-meuhedet."
  2. ^ Joel Beinin The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry- 2005 9774248902 "arrived in Israel while the military situation was unsettled, the members would be immediately drafted into the army and that military service might undermine the social cohesiveness of the gar 'in and disperse the members before they settled ..."