Menashe Regional Council
Menashe Regional Council is located between Hadera and Wadi Ara.
The council was established in 1950 and includes kibbutzim, moshavim, community settlements such as Katzir and three Arab villages.
In fact, this is a microcosm of Israeli society.
And why is it called Menashe? According to the Torah, the tribe of Menashe lived in this area.
Ruach-Shtut - https://ruachshtut.co.il/?lang=en
Ruach-Shtut is an ecological biological agricultural field, for strawberry, blackberry and raspberry crops. Visitors are invite you to touch the soil, see the colors, breathe the scents and experience the taste of childhood memories in a fun, educational fruit picking activity.
They grow our fruits with ecological commitment to preserve the environment and we implement advanced growing methods that use natural means such as biological pesticides, use of bees for pollination, water recycling and more.
Kibbutz Ein Shemer Courtyard - https://courtyard.co.il/wp/english_pages/
Imagine travel in time to the early days of the kibbutz in Israel. Experience the life of the first pioneers, ride the Turkish train, visit the refurbished old tractors hanger, bake bread the way the pioneers did, and tour the life of the modern kibbutz in a tractor trailer.
The Old Courtyard offers a rich experience to all ages. If you haven’t been here before and would like to plan a visit to the kibbutz – this is the place!
Kibbutz Magal was founded in 1953 on a hill near the border line of the State of Israel, which was eventually called the "Green Line". The olive groves of the area's residents who fled in 1948 adorned the hill on which the kibbutz now sits and its surroundings. From the beginning, the olives were part of the kibbutz's landscape pattern and one of its agricultural crops. Proximity to the border, however, was the more difficult part of the new kibbutz's struggle. The border was very diffuse and unprotected as it is today. In 1967, Magal's reality changed and the border moved away, but right at the foot of the kibbutz you can see the separation fence, and the settlements on the hill opposite are across the Green Line - neighbors who are not neighbors.
Kibbutz Magal sits at the point where Israel's waist is the narrowest and its entire width is only 19 km. This figure means that the kibbutz has always struggled with limited resources. In Kibbutz Hatzerim in the Negev, one of Netafim's factories was established in Magal, and the partnership between the two kibbutzim became over the years a large international corporation leading innovative solutions in the field of drip irrigation.
People from all over the world come to see Israel's innovative methods in the field of irrigation and to learn about Netafim's new developments. This pilgrimage gave birth to the idea of "Agritur" - a tourism venture that tells the story of the industry. You can also experience the agricultural experience and see with your own eyes how vegetables grow in a greenhouse. Agritur tours for groups and also hosts families. The venture began with a need to showcase the innovations of Netafim factories and evolved into a place from which tours depart for other interesting agricultural destinations.
Calligraphy artist Muhammad Kalesh - Arbask Gallery
The Menashe Regional Council encourages and initiates collaborations with the Arab neighbors. Collaborations in daily life, education and tourism. Green Carpet is an association that promotes Jewish-Arab joint tourism in Wadi Ara and the Menashe area.
Calligraphy artist Muhammad Kalesh is a Muslim Arab from the village of Qara who specializes in calligraphy works in veneer, stained glass and painting on glass. Kalesh studied in Tel Aviv and specialized in carpentry, education and teaching. In Tel Aviv, he connected with Jews of Yaki descent and was influenced by them in work techniques. Muhammad Kalesh incorporates elements of Arab culture in his works, but the method of work is Western European. It works by the method of stamping veneer inside veneer. The colors he uses are natural colors and the trees he acquires during his visits to Egypt.
A trip in nature - the bird's lane
The Bird Lane is an environmental and community project of Katzir residents. Volunteers from the community, under the auspices of the council, prepared the flowering hill and created a hiking and leisure route here. The idea was to strengthen the sense of partnership and involvement in the community through a joint project. The volunteers cleaned, arranged, broke paths, set up seating areas, added environmental sculpture and made directional signs. A particularly beautiful hiking trail has been created here.
Cafe Tov Shaar Menashe
Cafe Tov is a chain of social cafes from the Shkolu Tov group, which has seven branches: Haifa, Hadera, Sha'ar Menashe, Tel Aviv, Raanana, Yehud and Lod.
The chain is a vocational rehabilitation training center for about 245 service recipients who face mental difficulties.
Its purpose, imparting occupational skills, interpersonal communication and practical experience in kitchen operation, customer service and a variety of other positions from the world of restaurants in order to create an employment bridge to work in the free market. The cafes are located in a normative environment in the heart of the community. The rehabilitation accompaniment in the cafe is done by a rehabilitation manager who is a professional, a placement coordinator and a team that specializes in the world of restaurants, which provide the contestants with professional guidance and instruction.