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Past & Present

The story of Mazkeret Batya is one of Zionism at its best

It represents the vision of  Rabbi Shmuel Mohliver as ‘...the establisher of a village in the Holy Land encouraging young agricultural workers to provide for themselves by working in the fields…’ (1982).

 

Mohliver instigated the blessed alliance between Edmond de Rothschild,  with the help of Yechiael Bril, the editor of the newspaper ‘The Lebanon’ and a group of Jewish farmers from the region of Pavlova in White Russia.

 

Eleven men left Pavlova to be joined by another seven and after a time assessing Mikve Yisrael, bought land, in October 1883, from the Arab village of Akir. Stones were discarded, fields were cultivated, houses were built and families arrived. They called the place Ekron and after a few years the name was changed to Mazkeret Batya after de Rothschild’s mother. Agricultural experience, hard work and faith marked the character of the village. Stories of the people and the country are shown through their enthusiasm during the War of Independence, through the absorption of the waves of immigrants and through the development of the village during the recent years.

 

Cooperation between the Town Council, the Council for the Protection of Historical Sites and volunteers from the village have entrusted in the heart of the locality the original colours which denoted the first Aliyah (immigration).

 

The village’s main road presents a tourist focus of attraction with its galleries, restaurants, shops, rest houses and its museum in the centre.

 

The population of the village is characterized by the high quality of the inhabitants, immigrants, veterans, young families who have found a special warm home in Mazkeret Batya. The village invests in education, resources, schools and cultural institutions which are accessible to our citizens and neighbours all year round.

 

The village’s past is the root of Mazkeret Batya’s magic and leads it to a sure prospect as a village with a high quality of living combining past, present and future.