Coordinates: 33°13′15″N 35°37′25″E / 33.22083°N 35.62361°E / 33.22083; 35.62361Coordinates: 33°13′15″N 35°37′25″E / 33.22083°N 35.62361°E / 33.22083; 35.62361
District Northern
Council Upper Galilee
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1948
Founded by Immigrants from Turkey
Population (2015)[1] 720
Website www.hagoshrim.co.il

HaGoshrim (Hebrew: הַגּוֹשְׁרִים, lit. The Bridge Builders) is a kibbutz in the Galilee Panhandle in northern Israel, 5 km east of Kiryat Shmona. The kibbutz is adjacent to the Hurshat Tal National Park and bisected by tributaries of the Jordan River, the Hatsbani, Dan and Banias.[2] In 2015 it had a population of 720.


HaGoshrim Hotel

Kibbutz HaGoshrim was founded in 1948 mostly by Jewish immigrants from Turkey. The kibbutz was established partly on the lands of the depopulated Arab village of al-Khisas,[3][4] The kibbutz opened a hotel in the manor house of Emir Faour, chief of the al-Fadel tribe, for whom the villagers worked as tenant farmers.[5]


The chief economic branches are agriculture and tourism. The kibbutz also owns Mepro, which manufactures carpenters' levels and military optics, and the Epilady company, established in 1986.[6] Epilady is a hand-held device developed by two Israeli engineers that revolutionized hair removal.[7]


Excavations at the Neolithic site of Hagoshrim in 2003 yielded a large assemblage of skeletal fragments, mainly of cattle and pigs, providing evidence of the domestication of these taxa in the southern Levant.[8]


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. Living the Israeli Dream without busting the budget
  3. Morris, Benny, (second edition 2004 third printing 2006) The Birth Of The Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, Cambridge University Press, p380 ISBN 0-521-00967-7
  4. Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, p. 465, ISBN 0-88728-224-5
  5. Benvenisti, Meron; Kaufman-Lacusta, Maxine (2000), Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948, University of California Press, p. 207, ISBN 0-520-21154-5
  6. EpiLady
  7. Israelis Revolutionize Hair Removal Industry New York Times, 10 October 1988
  8. Analyzing the process of domestication: Hagoshrim as a case study
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