Dan, Israel

Dan, Israel
(Kibbutz) Dan
Founded 1939
Founded by HaShomer
Region Upper Galilee Regional Council
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Coordinates 33°14′25″N 35°39′11″E / 33.24028°N 35.65306°E / 33.24028; 35.65306Coordinates: 33°14′25″N 35°39′11″E / 33.24028°N 35.65306°E / 33.24028; 35.65306
(Kibbutz) Dan is located in Israel
(Kibbutz) Dan
Website www.dantec-plast.co.il

Dan (Hebrew: דָּן‎‎) is a kibbutz in the northern part of the Hula Valley, at the foot of Mt. Hermon, in northern Israel. It was founded in 1939, by settlers from Transylvania[1] and is a part of the Hashomer Hatzair movement. The population in 1947 was 340. [1]

Dan was the second of the villages established in honour of Menachem Ussishkin. Water is from the Dan River. Originally in Dan and its neighbor, Dafna cooperated in a joint venture of breeding trout. [1]

According to a 1949 book by the Jewish National Fund, the village suffered heavy losses in both men and material, "bearing the brunt" of the Syrian invasion during 1948 Arab-Israeli war, but leading an underground existence they held out "heroically". [1]

The kibbutz is named after the Israelite town of "Dan" mentioned in 1 Kings 12:29, 1 Samuel 3:20 and Genesis 14:14, and which has been identified with nearby Tel Dan. It is also located in the territory of the Israelite tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:47).

The kibbutz is the starting point of the Israel National Trail.


  1. ^ a b c d Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. pp. 30. 

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