Moshavot (First Settlements) Resource Pack
The first Jewish settlements established in Palestine in the late 1800s faced many hardships. They nonetheless persevered, working hard to build the land both agriculturally, economically, and culturally. Immigrants from many countries came to build a better life for themselves and to dedicate themselves to the idea of a Jewish homeland. This collection of resources introduces students to how these immigrants overcame numerous challenges to build some of the most significant places in Israel.
What were the first settlements?
The first settlements or moshavot in the Land of Israel were established at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century by pioneers who immigrated to Israel from various different places. The immigrants came to Israel for a variety of reasons: many left their homelands due to rising anti-Semitism, while others came to Israel because of a strong Zionist urge to help create the Jewish homeland. In Israel, the pioneers faced many hardships: they lacked the resources and the know-how to farm and build the new settlements, and many suffered from illness. Nonetheless, they persevered through hard work and the assistance of Jewish philanthropists such as Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who was a strong supporter of the Zionist cause. Years later, most of these former settlements are now flourishing towns and cities.
This collection of resources introduces students to some of the most interesting and important places that lay the foundations for the modern towns and cities of the State of Israel.
General Analysis Page
This is a generic worksheet for the use of younger students, that direct them in the stages of analysing photographs, maps, documents or other types of primary sources.
Document Analysis Page
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