About Kfar Szold
On the 13 of November 1942 the first settlers came to Tel-Kalil located west of where Kfar Szold is today. Those kibbutz members arrived from what is now known as Kibbutz Hafez Haim where they worked as trainees for eight years preparing themselves for building up the new kibbutz. After searching for a suitable location for their new settlement they finally found a place in the northern part of Israel at the feet of the Golan Heights near Ein-Zara springs.
The kibbutz carries the name of Henrieta Szold who was one of the founders of Aliyat Ha'noar, an organization responsible for bringing to Israel thousands of Jewish youngsters from all around the world. This organization found them places to live and gave them the educational opportunities in order to prepare them for integration into Israeli society and become part of the new nation.
Living in a kibbutz meant sharing almost everything, from houses, jobs, food, cars and medical care to educational institutions from birth to university and the well being of the elderly. The children from weeks after they were born were not living with their parents but in shared accommodation based on group age, under the supervision of the educational staff. The kibbutz members got equal salary not dependant on the job done, or their position.
In the first years the settlers in the new place were engaged in removing the Basalt boulders from the area in order to prepare the ground for buildings and the fields for ploughing and sowing. They also laid water pipes for irrigation, fish ponds and started growing field crops.
Much time and creative thinking were invested in education and creating a unique local culture. Choir singing, playing musical instruments, forming an orchestra, writing musicals and plays and even the performing were all done by the kibbutz members. The best known song 'Kfar Szold will be a big Kibbutz tomorrow'' became widely known.
During the Independence War, on January the 9th 1948 the kibbutz was attacked by hundreds of armed villagers and soldiers from the Syrian Army. The children were evacuated to another kibbutz to avoid endangering their lives. In this battle one of the kibbutz members fell but at the end of this day the attackers retreated.
From the end of Independence War up until the Six Days War in 1967 the members of the kibbutz were living under a daily threat from the Syrian Army. The Kibbutz was attacked several times and its crops went up in flames as a result of cannon fire. During the war that put an end to those attacks the Kibbutz property was badly hit.
In 1952 as a result of a profound ideological dispute that split the Kibbutz movement, many had left to start Givat Haim, a new kibbutz in the centre of Israel. Before too long, more groups came from abroad to join Kfar-Sold especially from South America. Soon they were part of the changing society bringing with them a young vibrant and fresh spirit to enrich the creative cultural and working life in their new home.
At the end of the sixties Lordan, a new industry of Heat Exchangers and air-conditioning coils, started to provide to the Israeli market and later on customers from around the globe. Soon Lordan became the main source of income and employment alongside agriculture. The various agricultural products include plantations of apples, grapefruits, and tropical fruits, field crops such as watermelon, sweet corn, and nuts, cattle, and chickens.
Kfar-Szold has 31 B&B accommodations and plans to build a large village hotel including a Spa.
A new neighbourhood that is now built alongside the kibbutz is meant to bring back young people who grew up in Kfar Szold and new families to join the growing community.
182 members live now in Kfar-Szold with 40 children. About non members families and 100 more students who study in Tel-Hai College also live in the kibbutz.
The children study in two schools. The youngsters study in the primary school in Kfar Giladi and the older ones in Kibbutz Dafna.
Kfar Szold like many other kibbutzim is going through an ongoing process in changing lifestyle in order to make it fit the needs and the desires of its members. Those changes reduce the amount of sharing and equality that were wide and deep in the traditional Kibbutz by increasing everyone's responsibility for their own family income and personal life.