Lower Galilee Sights

Kibbutz Degania Alef

  • Near Rte. 90 Map It
  • Degania Aleph
  • Town/Village

Published 03/09/2016

Fodor's Review

The first kibbutz, the collective village of Degania Alef was founded by Jewish pioneers from Eastern Europe in 1909 (Alef is the A of the Hebrew alphabet). Near the entrance is a small Syrian tank of World War II vintage. On May 15, 1948, the day after Israel declared its independence, Arab armies invaded it from all sides. Syrian forces came down the Yarmuk Valley from the east, overran two other kibbutz complexes en route, and were only stopped here, at the gates of Degania. A teenager with a Molotov cocktail set alight the lead tank. On the grounds is the museum of Beit Gordon, named for the spiritual mentor of the early pioneers. It houses two collections: one devoted to the region's natural history, the other examining the history and archaeology of human settlement in the surrounding valleys.

Sight Information


Near Rte. 90, Degania Aleph, Northern District, 15120, Israel

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Sight Details:

  • Museum NIS 15
  • Sun.–Thurs. 10–2, Fri. 10–1, Sat. with advance registration only

Published 03/09/2016


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