The moshav was created in 1949 and she and her husband came to the moshav in 1982. Close to 350 families applied to join the moshav in 1979. A committee reviewed the list and received ten families, including Adina and her husband Moshe. They chose a variety of people from different backgrounds and professions.
Moshe worked in an agricultural lab and Adina was a teacher and a writer of mainly children's books. She will soon have a page about her in the Hebew Wikipedia. She is busy with translating, writing, grandchildren, etc. She often bakes for the family.
|Adina and Moshe's home with daughter's family home on left|
|Bar-el's home from the front--Adina is in the photo|
The main streets of the moshav are named for the seven species.
|Grape, Pomegranate, & Fig Streets (and exit)|
|Corner of HaZayit (Olive) and HaTamar (Date)|
As the moshav members got older, it was deemed important to get younger people into the community. In recent years, the 100 moshav families were allowed to build one or two homes on their property for their adult children. You can see the house on the left of the above picture. It belongs to Adina and Moshe's daughter and son-in-law so their 3 young grandsons live next door to them! In addition, people that are not related to moshav members have also come to the community. Now close to 250 families live here.
A few of the new moshav members (non-related residents) have built some rather large homes. This one below is one of the biggest on the moshav.
|One of the homes from 1949|
|Wall of old youth club--cute hand prints|
|Another original home still in use for storage, etc.|
|Older home from early 1950s|
We walked toward one of the neighbor's. That family has the largest of the three remaining dairy cow herds in the moshav. The family is also developing a dairy farm in Romania. At one point in the past, most of the families here had dairy herds, but slowly they closed down because it was not economically feasible to run them.
The Fodor family also has a mini-farm. Two adult sons work with their father. The grandfather Yehuda was among the first to come to the moshav in 1949. Adina and Moshe often take their grandchildren to see the animals. I took a picture of a few of them.
|Citrus tree next to dairy farmer's home|
Here is a picture of the family that was displayed in the booklet commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moshav in 1999. Adina did an amazing job compiling this book.
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We next walked past the synagogue of the moshav. The women's entrance is around to the left and up stairs.
|Synagogue of the Moshav|
|Synagogue's stained glass windows with reflection of greenery outside|
|Elisheva and Adina|
In Adina's presentation in Tucson, Phoenix, and Seattle about the moshav, she showed a photo of a woman feeding calves. That was the same Elisheva.
Elisheva’s husband was multi-talented. He also was an amazing wordworking artist. He had a wood shop behind the shop and taught classes there for people in the community and from the surrounding area. Often they came from Tel Aviv to study with him. Students still come to classes in the woodshop. Here is some of his work displayed in and around her home.
|The front gate|
|A two-sided carving in the front yard|
Giora also did the drawing above Elisheva’s head in the picture above. Today Elisheva is about 88 and still active.
After meeting Elisheva, we walked by a home that had a lovely garden. Adina said that it was beautiful all year round.
We then walked past Yael Shavit’s home. She is a sculptor with lovely pieces outside her home too. In her backyard she has a great play area for her grandchildren and also a covered swimming pool!
|Family name sign and ceramic man above it|
|I love this ceramic doggie--esp its smile!|
|To the right of the front door|
|Small statue in the back yard|
|Nearby cactus garden|
|The moshav gas station|
Even the bomb shelter entrances are painted, often with something connected to the moshav, like the dairy cows on this one:
And here is the town grocer, which recently expanded.
One died in fighting in 1956, one in the 1967 Six-Day War, two in the Yom Kippur War, and another in 1993.
Their pictures appeared in the 50th anniversary book in 1999, their lives cut short as they help defend the country in time of war.
Also, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moshav, Adina and her daughter-in-law Sigal helped create a "symbol" of the moshav. Since dairy farming was so important in the history of the moshav, she used a large milk container as the format. It appears below near the entry of the moshav. You can see Adina and her daughter-in-law's name in the lower right corner.
|Bus shelter with 7 species|
|One side, almost full, during the storm|
|The other direction with bridge on right|
|Same view, but after the water had receded some|
|Flooded street through car windshield|
In heavy rainstorms, the channel used to overflow and flood the surrounding area.
During the stormy week, we really appreciated the Franklin stove in the Bar-el home and the gentle smell of pruned olive wood burning.
There are many other businesses on the moshav. One family changed the dairy cattle building into a spa, with hot tubs, 5 massage rooms, patio, small restaurant, etc. It opened 3 years ago and is nice.
Another has a yoga studio.
|"Beit Yoga" (house of yoga)|
|"Everyone can draw."|
Sign for pet store and "pension" compound
|Pension for Pets|
|Micha, owner of the pet store compound|
|Pet Store items for sale|
People on the moshav work in many different professions--including two documentary film makers, a judge, dress designers, etc.
There is also a furniture store factory and store. I bought some lovely "lemon grass" candles in a large warehouse gift store called Muskat across the street from Adina and Moshe. Another person teaches people to swim. Hava grows exotic fruit, makes jam, and then sells it. Moshe and Adina have olive trees for olive oil.
|With the 4th duck lagging behind|
|A cow in the shade|
|Violinist on a stand|
|Carving by the door|
I also saw two fields of Paulownia trees, especially fast growing hardwood trees which are grown for wood for furniture.
For more information on this tree, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia
Thanks to Hemi Ramon, the editor of the moshav webpage for this information. You can see the blog of the moshav at: www.nir-israel.org
Some people still farm a bit, but others rent out their fields
In February, the south-central part of Israel explodes in red, when wild anemones ("kalaniot") cover the landscape. Part of the Hof Ashkelon region is the northern extension of such flowering. About six years ago, the southern region of Israel decided to take advantage of this natural beauty and created the "Darom Adom" festival (the 'red south'). On Friday and/or Saturday, many moshavim and kibbutzim sell their products (fruit, art, books, cooked food) and also have demonstrations (rides on tractors, etc). This is the first year that Nir Yisrael decided to participate, so Adina took me to a meeting where a representative group of moshavniks discussed strategy and publicity. The whole south will put out a booklet (also to be on the internet) to bring visitors to the area. This is the cover of the one from last year.
|Pictures of Kalaniot, April 2, 2011, NW part of Nir Yisrael|
We again took a long walk around the moshav near the end of my visit and I enjoyed photographing the many flowers around.
|Very unusual cactus flower|
|Tiny flower with purple stripes|
|Two small roses at ground level|
|A large rose shrub|
|Beautiful succulent in flower|