Hanassi means "The Village of the President" named after
Chaim Weitzman the first President of Israel.
We live not far from the Sea of Galilee, on a rise above the River Jordan, near the Hula valley renowned for the natural beauty of its hills, woodlands and rushing waters.
Near our home there are Biblical tels,ancient Jewish synagogues, New Testament sites,small pastoral villages, modern and picturesque towns, and other veteran kibbutzim.
Kfar Hanassi, founded in 1948, is situated at the southern
end of the Hula Valley. On a clear day one can see as far as the Mount
Hermon and the Lebanese hills in the north.
nearest neighbors are Tuba - Zangaria 6,000 a fast growing and modern
Beduin village tribe of El Haib
Park Seiff overlooking the Golan Heights
Kibbutz- (plural Kibbutzim)
Although still an open,dynamic,
communal society, a commune where all the property
is owned equally by all the members. who,s
was " from each according to his ability and to each according to his
need", and was the slogan which was coined at the beginning of this
Kfar Hanasi is in the midst of changes that will end its life as a true commune. (Actually it has ended its life 2003 as this was first written in 2000 and we are stil,l 2004, changing many basic conditions,including discussions on house ownership.)
On June 2002, after two years of discussion we voted in a duel budget system, in which only those over 55 years( the Older Members) may stay on the existing system for the first year i.e 20% to the member- 80% to the kibbutz)or choose the new tax system( Reshet Bitachon) Members will receive a basic amount or pension and the rest according to a progressive tax on their earnings.For many of the pensioners this will be their government pension and the rest made up to a sum aquivalent to the lowest basic wage.
A separation of community expenses from the commercial enterprises and radical cutbacks in service spending,all members are paying for most amenities includingAll medicines ,health, travel and education,and all personal expenses,incuding rates,telephone ,TV ,taxes , travel ,etc..
Our Childrens houses also take in children from around the area from Babies to Kindergarden age with experienced child minders and teachers.
The children bus to school to Ayelet Hashachar and High School Kfar Blum 15 mins.away
English speaking population gives Kfar Hanassi a special flavor.
Apart from the 260 members,parents
. A temporary population
of young single adults and children of members who are in the army
Meetings in the Moadon club room
People have built on to their houses and there are a quite a few "Villas"with beautiful gardens in this miniture Garden City.
We are also into high tech with
optic fibre Internet( which is very fast!) for email and the web ,our
own server administrators David Ellman,