Constructed more than 2,000 years ago, Caesarea is one of Israel’s
most ambitious archeological excavations, revealing a major Roman city that was
instrumental in chartering the course of ancient Israel.
K'Han Museum, Hadera
in the late 1800s by Zionists bent on turning swamps into orchards, Hadera-Eiron
symbolizes the struggle of Israel from its endangered pre-statehood days to its
emergence as a leader in the age of technology
Israel’s ancient history meets Israel’s modern history.
No visit to Caesarea is complete without a stop in
the Hadera-Eiron region, including a visit to The K’han Museum and the Central Synagogue of
Hadera, one of the cities’ oldest synagogues, which also served as a fort to
protect the first settlers from Arab attacks. Then it’s only a short walk to the
central sector of Hadera and a choice of
excellent restaurants and sidewalk
And no visit to the Hadera-Eiron region is complete
without a stop at the Caesarea archeological dig and its adjacent artist colony.
For those longing for the comforts of home, the Dan Caesarea Hotel is nearby, as
is Israel’s only 18-hole golf course.
The next time you are in Israel, for pleasure or on
business, plan to visit the Caesarea-Hadera region, where Israel’s ancient
history meets Israel’s modern history.
Welcome to the Hadera-Eiron Region
The Hadera-Eiron Region is well known for its
historic sites, agriculture, artist colonies and industrial
The Southeast Region of the U.S.A. Jewish Federations
and the Hadera-Eiron Region have entered into a long-term partnership of mutual
benefit, including exchanges of teachers and students, support of business
ventures and the arts, and economic support of Hadera medical, recreation and
The building housing today‘s K’han Museum, together with the surrounding
lands which make up the city of Hadera, was purchased in 1890 by four Zionist
organizations from Eastern Europe.
For six years, the K'han served as temporary living
quarters for Hadera first settlers, of whom nearly 40
percent - 210 of 540 - died during the first few years as a result of
Theirs was a most difficult life … draining swamps,
learning to plant orchards, fending an isolated community among sometimes
But they succeeded, at first by draining the swamps,
a project that lasted nearly four decades, then with the help of Baron Edmond de
Rothschild, later with the support of the Jewish National Fund. From orchards
grew commerce and a vibrant community, which today boasts of extraordinary
produce from its farms, advancements from its technology parks and creativity
from its artist colonies.
Now a town of approximately 80,000 in central Israel,
situated between Haifa and Tel Aviv, Hadera still maintains the charm of its
earliest Russia and Eastern Europe settlers.
The name Hadera comes from the Arabic al-Khadra_'
("the Green"), referring to the color of the swamp vegetation of the area. The
notorious swamps of Hadera caused more than half of the communities’ settlers to
die of malaria during its first 20 years.
The settlers received aid, however, in 1895 when
Baron Rothschild provided the needed funds to drain the swamps by building
canals and planting large eucalyptus groves. The eucalyptus tree soon became
At first, agriculture was the settlers’ main
occupation. But as Hadera’s population increased, the economy expanded and
industrialized. Today, industry has become the main element in the town's
economy. Agriculture, however, has continued to develop and there are now carp
ponds, beehives, cattle, poultry, and flower and banana fields in
One of the most entertaining museums of Israel’s
struggle to survive during the past 120 years, The K’han Museum is a must stop for anyone
visiting the dig at Caesarea or traveling between Tel Aviv and Haifa. And while
in The K’han’s lecture room, you will also be standing in what was Hadera’s
first synagogue, founded by the pioneers in 1891.
The Ecological Greenhouse
The Educational Greenhouse is a worldwide unique
environmental project that is also deemed a piece of art. Located in Kibbutz
Ein-Shemer, the Greenhouse is an ecological system founded by artist Avital
Geva. It takes an innovative approach to balancing relations between different
elements in the environment and, subsequently, between human beings. It’s unique
system brings together water, fauna and flora for mutual sustenance and
cooperation. The entire project is maintained by dedicated teenagers who express
their creativity and thoughts through their work. Nothing similar can be found
any where else in the world.
The biggest Jacuzzi on earth, the Hadera Water Park
opens during the summer of 2005.
The $6 million project created by the Jewish National
Fund reclaims a stretch of the Hadera watercourse and turns it into the world’s
Located next to Israel’s largest power plant in
Caesarea, the water park utilizes warm water from the plant to create a unique
recreational experience. Visitors can swim at the park, rent boats and stroll
along paths and across footbridges that span the river’s banks.
Once completed, the facility will also include
restaurants, camp grounds, an open-air amphitheater, hiking trails and a riding
The Founder’s Park was initially planted in
1911 to serve as an experimental plantation for Aharon Aharonson. It was
renovated in 1990 by the world renown artist Dani Karavan to combine the old and
new, as well as to commemorate the region’s founders and its fallen soldiers.
Situated in the historic center of Hadera, the park is home to the Yad La'banim
memorial hall and the municipal library, which traces its beginnings to 1911.
(picture shows Rothchild's visit to Founders Park)
The Historic Hefzibah District
Near the Hadera River, the historic Hefzibah site is
an agricultural private enterprise project initiated in 1908. Operated and owned
today by the Israeli Electric Company, the area is open to the public throughout
the year, free of charge.
The Art Gallery of Hadera
A must for art lovers, the Art Gallery of Hadera
features the vision of its director, Dr. Anton Biderman, a well know art
teacher, curator and painter.
A unique archaeological site in the Alon Park of the
Mediterrian Forrest, Mei Kedem allows you to walk through an ancient
tunnel that was part of a water system and still carries water. So a change of
clothing may be in order after your guided tour.
The Aqueduct at Nahl Taninim
North of Caesarea, this beautifully
preserved aqueduct supplied water to the ancient city. Tourists can walk beneath
the towering arches and climb inside the actual aqueduct for a rare photo
Aqua Dora Underwater Archaeological
Dora diving center is open all year round and unique for shallow
water, archaeology, technical and wreck diving. Its standard of facilities are
today’s most modern on the Israeli Mediterranean coast. Guiding and instruction
are in English and Hebrew. Visitors have free use of all facilities; entrance to
private beach and reductions to the Dor Beach Guesthouse and local maritime
archaeology museum. Aqua Dora is licensed diving school.
Situated between Binyamina and
Zikhron Yaakov, in the heart of the beautiful
Jabotinsky park, is the 2,000 year old Shuni fortress. The site is surrounded with
archeological remains of the Roman period. It overlooks the beautiful scenery of
the Taninim River and vineyards granting outstanding cultural and tourist
experiences for its visitors.
The charming natural bay, was
named after Baron Edmond de Rothschild on his 1914 visit to the area. In 1938,
Yehoshua Khankin built a summer house for his wife Olga on a cliff overlooking
the bay and the Mediterranean. Today it is a beautifully decorated dairy
restaurant with a magnificent view. Reservations can be made by calling
Ramat Hanadiv extends over 1,125 acres, 10 kilometers northeast of Caesarea. Natural
parklands and carefully tended gardens surround the crypt of Baron Edmond de
Rothschild (1845-1934) and Baroness Adelheid de Rothschild (1853-1935). The park
features excellent hiking trails for all levels.
Center Caesarea at Kibbutz Sdot-Yam Guest houses on the
coastline, south of Caesarea. Air conditioned with satellite TV, refrigerator
and Internet connection. Kosher restaurant. For reservations contact Sea Center
Caesarea, Kibbutz Sdot-Yam, m.p Menashe 38805, call 972-4-6364665 or
972-4-6364609, fax 972-4-6364611.t.
Varied Business Community
Among the Hadera-Eiron region’s
businesses, many of which export to the U.S., you will find:
American Israeli Paper Mills
Producing a broad range of papers and paper products.Anna Lotan Cosmetic
manufacturer.APCO Aviation World
leader in the design and manufacture of paragliders, harnesses, parachute
reserve systems, power wings and accessories for pilots.
Systems Israel's largest designer and manufacturer of paper-based
packaging solutions for the agricultural, food and beverage, and industrial
sectors.Caspi Silver A Web site for custom precious metal-consumer products and
market-promotion premium and specific event awards and
celebrations.Common Sense Home
tests for classification of common abnormal vaginal discharges and for detection
of amniotic fluid leakage.Ein Tal A world
leader in the development of micro-irrigation technology
Products for improving the quality of electrical networks and saving
energy.Epilady The company behind
the famous "EPILADY®" brand, the first electric hair remover, pioneering the
most significant revolution ever in the market of hair
removal.Frenkel & Sons
Design and manufacturer of quality carton packaging and
displays.Ganit Park Furniture for playgrounds and parks.Itamar Medical A
medical signal company engaged in the development of a proprietary non-invasive
window to the autonomic nervous system - the PAT™ (Peripheral Arterial Tone)
signal.Medical Compression Systems
Engaged in research, development, manufacturing and marketing of medical
equipment in the fields of orthopedics, vascular care and wound
care.M.E.S. Medical Electronic Systems Developed a line of novel computerized electro-optical
devices for the objective, immediate and accurate evaluation of semen quality in
evaluating male infertility.Mindguard Breakthrough
medical devices for the treatment and prevention of stroke and other
cardio-vascular diseases.MSQ Laser systems and laser
diode drivers for technological applications, test and measurement systems and
scientific research.MTRE Advanced Technologies Development of innovative thermoregulation equipment for the medical
field.Nirit Seeds Specializing in the production, breeding and marketing of high quality
hybrid vegetable seeds.Nordia Springs
Industrial springs.Ofek Aerial Photos
Aerial photographs of Israel.Opus Dent Designs,
manufactures and markets lasers for dental applications.Pitkit Printing Enterprises Develops self-adhesive solutions for all branches of industry, services
and commerce.Pronat Industries Provides a wide
variety of services, specialist materials and components to the electrical,
electronics and high-tech industries.RADA Developes,
manufactures and sells core avionics systems, ground information-management and
debriefing systems and automatic test equipment for military
uses.Rostam World’s leading PL
tampons provider.S.A. Industries
Electromechanical sub-systems, gyro slip rings, pedestals and electromechanical
Schieffer Magam Industries Extrusion of
high-pressure hoses with steel and textile inlays.S.C.R. Engineers Innovative
milking solutions for dairy farmers.Shacham Givat Ada
Recycling organic waste into fertilizer and animal feed.Shkila Manufacturers
Manufacturers of electronic and computerized scales and weighing systems for
industrial, agricultural and medical applications.Space
Logic Provides comprehensive automated
material handling solutions through its ChainLogic warehouse management
Harbor artists Located on the grounds
of the ancient city and overlooking its harbor is a unique, upscale artist