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Yir'on (Hebrew: יִרְאוֹן) is a kibbutz in the Galilee Panhandle in northern Israel. Located adjacent to the Lebanese border, it falls under the jurisdiction of Upper Galilee Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 390.[1]


Yir'on is located in Northeast Israel
Yir'on is located in Israel
Coordinates: 33°4′37.19″N 35°27′17.64″E / 33.0769972°N 35.4549000°E / 33.0769972; 35.4549000Coordinates: 33°4′37.19″N 35°27′17.64″E / 33.0769972°N 35.4549000°E / 33.0769972; 35.4549000
CouncilUpper Galilee
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded20 May 1949


The village was established on 20 May 1949 by former members of the Palmach's Yiftach Brigade and graduates of the Dror-HeHalutz youth movement on the ruins of the depopulated Arab village of Saliha. Ada Feinberg-Sireni, later a member of the Knesset, was amongst the founders. It was one of a series of villages established along the Lebanese border, with the intention of reinforcing the young states's borders. It was named after a biblical village of the Naftali tribe (Joshua 19:38), situated in this area.

Ceremony marking the establishment of Kibbutz Yiron. Saliha 1949
Former members of the Palmach planting a memorial grove at Yir'on. 1949

The kibbutz makes money from tourism, the farming of fruit, the growing of trees in a tree nursery and light industry (which included a zip factory). Among its tourist attractions is Lake Yir'on.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ Carmeli, Gilad (September 1, 2017). נעים להכיר: האגמים של ישראל [Nice to Meet You: The Lakes of Israel]. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved November 28, 2018.

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