Maoz Haim

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Maoz Haim
מָעוֹז חַיִּים
Etymology: Haim's Fortress
Maoz Haim is located in Jezreel Valley region of Israel
Maoz Haim
Maoz Haim
Maoz Haim is located in Israel
Maoz Haim
Maoz Haim
Coordinates: 32°29′34.94″N 35°33′2.31″E / 32.4930389°N 35.5506417°E / 32.4930389; 35.5506417Coordinates: 32°29′34.94″N 35°33′2.31″E / 32.4930389°N 35.5506417°E / 32.4930389; 35.5506417
Country Israel
CouncilValley of Springs
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded byGerman and Polish Jewish refugees

Maoz Haim (Hebrew: מָעוֹז חַיִּים, lit. Haim's Fortress) is a kibbutz in Israel. Located adjacent to the Jordan River in the Beit She'an valley and falls under the jurisdiction of Valley of Springs Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 469.[1] Aside from agriculture, the kibbutz also has a plastics factory, "Poliraz". Maoz Haim was built on what was the traditional village land of Al-Ghazzawiyya.[2]


The kibbutz was established in 1937 by immigrants from Poland and Germany and was named after Haim Shturman, a member of the Hagana, who was killed there in

Maoz Haim was established on what was traditionally land belonging to the Palestinian village of Al-Ghazzawiyya.[2]

Zakum nature reserve[edit]

South of the kibbutz is a small (11 dunam) nature reserve of Balanites aegyptiaca trees, called the Hurshat Zakum (Maoz Haim) reserve, declared in 1968.[3] Zakum is the Hebrew name of the tree. This is probably the northernmost occurrence of these trees in the world.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Chava Birnbaum (born as Helene Jerusalem 1923), granddaughter of the Austrian-Jewish philosopher, progressive educationalist and pacifist Wilhelm Jerusalem
  • Dvora Omer (born 1932), author
  • Ilan Shiloah (born 1957), businessman

Archaeological Excavations[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Khalidi, W. (1992). All That Remains:The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 49. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Zakum (Maoz Haim) Nature Reserve" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 7 October 2010.

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