Maoz Haim

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Maoz Haim
Maoz Haim is located in Jezreel Valley region of 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
CouncilValley of Springs
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded byJewish refugees from Germany and Poland

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 2018 it had a population of 479.[1] Aside from agriculture, the kibbutz also has a plastics factory, "Poliraz".


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 1938.

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.[2] Zakum is the Hebrew name of the tree. This is probably the northernmost occurrence of these trees in the world.[3]

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 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Zakum (Maoz Haim) Nature Reserve" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 7 October 2010.

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