Ma'ale Gilboa

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Ma'ale Gilboa
Kibbutz entrance
Kibbutz entrance
Ma'ale Gilboa is located in Jezreel Valley region of Israel
Ma'ale Gilboa
Ma'ale Gilboa
Coordinates: 32°28′34.68″N 35°25′13.44″E / 32.4763000°N 35.4204000°E / 32.4763000; 35.4204000Coordinates: 32°28′34.68″N 35°25′13.44″E / 32.4763000°N 35.4204000°E / 32.4763000; 35.4204000
CouncilValley of Springs
AffiliationReligious Kibbutz Movement
Founded byNahal

Ma'ale Gilboa (Hebrew: מַעֲלֵה גִּלְבּוֹעַ‎, lit. Gilboa Ascent) is a religious kibbutz located on the summit of Mount Gilboa, on the northeast end of the ridge of the Samarian hills in Israel. Located about 5 km west of Beit She'an, it falls under the jurisdiction of Beit She'an Valley Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 840.[1]


The kibbutz was founded in 1962 as a Nahal settlement, on the land of depopulated Palestinian village of Khirbat al-Jawfa and on land that formerly had belonged to Faqqu'a.[2]

In 1967 it was settled by members of the Religious Kibbutz Movement. Ma'ale Gilboa is located just north of another religious kibbutz, Meirav. As they are both religious kibbutzim, it was decided that, although they are located in the Gilboa mountains (and would naturally fall under the jurisdiction of Gilboa Regional Council) it would be better to include them in Beit She'an Valley Regional Council, where there is a group of religious kibbutzim, including Ein HaNatziv, Sde Eliyahu, Shluhot and Tirat Zvi.[citation needed]

In 1997, after economic and social hardships, the kibbutz faced a crisis and was almost dissolved. Today the economy of the kibbutz is thriving; the kibbutz has managed to repay its debts and has recorded a profit.[citation needed] As with most kibbutzim in Israel today, Ma'ale Gilboa is in the process of privatization. Some aspects of the socialist kibbutz structure are disappearing, and individual services for members of the kibbutz are translated into their economic value. As a result, the kibbutz is not only enjoying economic prosperity but is growing demographically as well. In 2007-2008 the kibbutz began building additional housing units for families interested in joining the community.[citation needed]

The main sources of livelihood are agricultural; growing carrots, dairy farming, and raising turkeys for meat. Most of the members and residents of the community work off the kibbutz.[citation needed]


Notably, the kibbutz houses Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa, which, following the closure of Yeshivat Ein Tzurim is currently the only functioning yeshivat shiluv, which combine two years of Torah study with three years of army service. This is in contrast to Hesder yeshivot, which combine a year and a half of army with three and a half years of Torah study.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 333. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.

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