Sde Nahum (Hebrew: שְׂדֵה נַחוּם, lit. Nahum Field) is a kibbutz in the Beit She'an Valley in northern Israel. Located around 4 km northwest of Beit She'an, it falls under the jurisdiction of Valley of Springs Regional Council. In 2021 it had a population of 992.[1]

Sde Nahum
שְׂדֵה נַחוּם
A VIEW OF KIBBUTZ SDE NAHUM IN THE JEZREEL VALLEY. מראה כללי של קיבוץ שדה נחום בעמק יזרעאל.D827-118.jpg
Etymology: Nahum’s Field
Sde Nahum is located in Jezreel Valley region of Israel
Sde Nahum
Sde Nahum
Sde Nahum is located in Israel
Sde Nahum
Sde Nahum
Coordinates: 32°31′31″N 35°28′54″E / 32.52528°N 35.48167°E / 32.52528; 35.48167
Country Israel
CouncilValley of Springs
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded5 January 1937
Founded bySadeh group members


The kibbutz was founded on 5 January 1937 by members of the Sadeh group from the Mikveh Israel agricultural school, as well as immigrants from Austria, Germany and Poland. It was the third kibbutz established as part of the tower and stockade settlement movement. Initially called "Kibbutz HaSadeh," it was later renamed in honour of Nahum Sokolov, a Hebrew writer and Zionist leader.[citation needed] Ruins of a 5th–6th century Byzantine church has been found in the kibbutz.[citation needed]

The nearby Palestinian village of Saffuriya had been almost emptied of its 4000 inhabitants in July 1948. By early January, 1949, about 500 villagers had filtered back, but "neighbouring settlements coveted Saffuriya lands". The "Northern Front" ordered their eviction, which was carried out the 7th of January 1949. The Saffuriya land was then distributed to its neighbouring Jewish settlements.[2]

In February 1949, 1,500 Dunams of Saffuriya land was given to Sde Nahum.[2]


The main economic activity is agriculture but the kibbutz also has a factory for the manufacture of plastic materials and an elderly care facility.

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  1. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b Morris, B. (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. pp. 516, 517. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
  3. ^ Gregersen, Erik (November 16, 2018). "Arieh Warshel". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved April 23, 2019.

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