Ma'ayan Baruch

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Ma'ayan Barukh
Ma'ayan Barukh is located in Northeast Israel
Ma'ayan Barukh
Ma'ayan Barukh
Coordinates: 33°14′27.96″N 35°36′31.68″E / 33.2411000°N 35.6088000°E / 33.2411000; 35.6088000Coordinates: 33°14′27.96″N 35°36′31.68″E / 33.2411000°N 35.6088000°E / 33.2411000; 35.6088000
CouncilUpper Galilee
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded11 March 1947
Gardens of Maayan Baruch

Ma'ayan Baruch (Hebrew: מַעְיַן בָּרוּךְ, lit. Blessed Spring) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located near the intersection of the Israeli, Syrian and Lebanese border, it falls under the jurisdiction of Upper Galilee Regional Council. In 2014 it had a population of 720.[1]


Day of Aliyah - Ma'ayan Baruch 1947. The 3 Palestine Policemen include Amnon Assaf, founder of the Upper Galilee Prehistoric Museum[2]
Ma'ayan Baruch. First buildings 1947

The kibbutz was founded in March 1947 on the land of Hamara, a moshav abandoned in 1920. The founders were members of other kvutzot who had met in Kfar Giladi; members of the HaTenua HaMeuhedet youth movement, members of Habonim who immigrated to British Mandate of Palestine as Ma'apilim (illegal immigrants of Aliyah Bet), and members of a garin of pioneering soldiers from South Africa who fought in the British Army during World War II.[citation needed]

After the 1948 Palestine war, Ma'ayan Baruch took over part of the land belonging to the newly depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Sanbariyya.[3]

Development projects[edit]

A new neighborhood in Ma'ayan Baruch was built to attract newcomers and bring money into the kibbutz coffers in the wake of the socio-economic problems that have affected many kibbutzim since the 1980s. The newcomers are from other kibbutzim and townships in the region, as well as other parts of the country.[4]


A museum which holds a collection of prehistoric artifacts found in the Hula Valley, The Prehistoric Man Museum, is located on the kibbutz. The museum collection includes the skeleton of a prehistoric woman, approximately 50 years old, buried with her dog.[5][6]

Notable residents[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
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  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains:The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 494. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  4. ^ Depression in Margaliot, Hope in Maayan Baruch Haaretz, 11 July 2008
  5. ^ James Serpell, The domestic dog: its evolution, behaviour, and interactions with people, pp 10-12. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  6. ^ SJM Davis and FR Valla, Evidence for domestication of the dog 12,000 years ago in the Natufian of Israel, Nature 276, 608-610 (7 December 1978)