|Founded||11 March 1947|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Menashe Kadishman (born 1932), sculptor and painter
- Amnon Shamosh, Israeli author and poet
- Rela Mazali (born 1948), Israeli peace activist and writer
- Notes from the Frontier, an account of life on the kibbutz in the mid-1960s by American author Hugh Nissenson.
- "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
- 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.
- Depression in Margaliot, Hope in Maayan Baruch Haaretz, 11 July 2008
- James Serpell, The domestic dog: its evolution, behaviour, and interactions with people, pp 10-12. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
- 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)