The HaGoshrim Kibbutz and Resort Hotel lies in the heart of the Hula Valley. Founded more than fifty years ago, it was first known as HaGoshrim Guest House.
During most of the period before the War of Independence this area was held by a Syrian leader, the Emir Fa’ur of the El Fadil tribe. He controlled the region from the beginning of the 20th century. In 1940 he sold his lands to the Keren Kayemet and left his palace, and it was on this site that the Hagoshrim Hotel came to be built 13 years later.
In 1943, a Hapoel HaMizrachi (religious Zionist) group arrived in the area but failed to settle in successfully, looked for a new direction and moved to the center of the country where they can be found today in “Moshav Nechalim” village and Yeshivat Nechalim”, one of the largest yeshivas (colleges for religious studies) in the country.
In the years 1944 and 1945 – three core-groups of youth movement graduates in Turkey arrived for agricultural training in the Land of Israel and named themselves “HaGoshrim”, signifying “a bridge between Israel and the Diaspora”.
In September 1948, Kibbutz HaGoshrim was founded and the members settled in the earlier “Nechalim” group’s site, interlaced with streams. This was approximately a kilometer south of the present location of the kibbutz. The young settlers suffered from the inundated area and requested the Jewish Agency’s permission to move slightly north to higher ground where they would also gain better access to the main transport route.
The ruins of the Emir Fa’ur’s palace stood in this area and were then being utilized by the kibbutz members as a storehouse, laundry and various offices. The rear part of the building, behind the stone wall now in the hotel lobby, served as part of the wall of the sheep-pen used by the young farmers.
In 1952 the idea crystallized of running a Guest House and it was a kibbutz member, Ora Reiss, who was responsible for the idea. It was through her initiative that the Guest House gates were opened.
The HaGoshrim Guest House opened in 1953, under Ora Reiss’ management, in Emir Fa’ur’s abandoned palace. The highlight for the guests was the chance to sit on wooden seats by the banks of the stream and dip their feet in the cool waters – a veritable Paradise!