Israel Netanya

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Israel Netanya Museums

Two museums in the Netanya area bear witness to the significance of agriculture in Israel, especially during the pre-state years, when mass immigration to Palestine began and in the early years of the State of Israel.

Israel Netanya: Tractor History Museum

Preparing a Tractor for the Museum

Tractor History Museum

This unusual museum bears witness to the importance agriculture played in the lives of Israel’s pioneers and to the economy of the country in its early years. Kibbutzim, moshavim, and families with private orchards were all involved in getting the young State of Israel economically on its feet – and in making the name “Jaffa Oranges” known in households all over the world.

With changing times, old farm equipment became obsolete and these remnants of the past would have quickly been forgotten if not for pioneer farmers such as Erez Milstein of Moshav Ein Vered, near Netanya.  Realizing the value of these tools in telling his own and the history of other pioneers, Milstein started collecting old farm machinery, lovingly restoring and mending broken pieces and finishing the job with a shiny coat of paint before putting the collection on display in his home. He was later joined by a group of volunteers who scoured the country for tractors and other farming equipment and helped restore them and ready them for display.

The collection is usually open to the public on Friday morning from 8.30 a.m. – 13:30 p.m. at Moshav Ein Vered. Volunteers introduce you to each piece of equipment and tell you its story and how it was used during the development of the land.

Satue of Alfred Mond, Tel Mond

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Statue of Alfred Mond, Tel Mond

Tel Mond

Tel Mond, just a few minutes away from Netanya, is named after a British Jewish philanthropist, Sir Alfred Mond a.k.a. Lord Melchett.
He was a very successful businessman, however as an assimilated Jew he gave little thought to his religion and people until a visit to Israel in the 1920s made a tremendous impression on him. On his return to England he joined and later became president of the British Zionist Federation and from then on spent much of his time and wealth working for Israel.

His close friend, Chaim Weizmann, who was later to become Israel’s first president, encouraged him to set up a small settlement in this area and plant citrus orchards to provide agricultural work for immigrants who were fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe.

Tel Mond was founded in 1929 and the museum Beit HaLord presents the story of the early years of the settlement with an exhibition about the life of Sir Alfred Mond. You can see how the immigrants lived in the primitive transit camps, a challenging adjustment for them.  Immigrants faced a new climate, difficult agricultural work, and medical problems.

As with most places in Israel, once the digging started many archaeological artifacts were discovered from years gone by, all of which are displayed in the museum.

Today, Tel Mond is home to many young English-speaking immigrants, many of whom were attracted to the area because of the emphasis Tel Mond places on children’s education – both formal and extra-curricular.

Israel Netanya: Did You Know?

Small museums, such as these two, are often subject to changing opening hours, so it’s always best to check their websites before visiting.

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