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Kfar Ruppin (Hebrew: כְּפַר רוּפִּין, lit. Ruppin Village) is a kibbutz in the Beit She'an Valley about 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Beit She'an in northern Israel. A member of the Kibbutz Movement, it falls under the jurisdiction of Valley of Springs Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 442.
The kibbutz was founded in 1938 by the "Massad" group as part of the tower and stockade enterprise. The first residents were immigrants from Germany, Bohemia and Austria. It was named in honour of Arthur Ruppin, who helped to develop Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel.
From 2017 Mechinat HaEmek (מכינת העמ"ק) a pre-army preparatory academy moved to the kibbutz from the close by moshav Tel Teomim (תל תאומים). The mechina, now in its twelfth session; learn and volunteer on the kibbutz and the surrounding area.
The area is known for birdwatching due to its location on one of the most important bird migration flyways between Europe and Africa. A bird ringing station is also located there. The kibbutz culture hall, built in 1965 on a hill near the original tower and stockade structures, is being converted into a birdwatching observatory and research center.
Kfar Ruppin gardens is a 50 acres (200,000 m2) public garden on the grounds of the kibbutz. Near the kibbutz is an archaeological site called Tel Tsaf, a 7,000-year-old prehistoric village which has produced the largest database of materials from the Neolithic to the Chalcolithic periods.
- "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
- p. 211, Gavron, Daniel, The Kibbutz: Awakening from Utopia, Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Inc., 2000, ISBN 978-0-8476-9526-3.
- p. 215, Gavron, Daniel, op. cit.
- Leiah Elbaum's Israeli Birdwatching site. Retrieved on 25-08-2009.
- International Birdwatching Center of the Jordan Valley. Retrieved on 25-08-2009.
- Disused kibbutz hall gets new life as birdwatching center, Haaretz
- Kfar Ruppin Gardens
- The Guide to archaeological fieldwork opportunities outside the UK Archaeology Abroad