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Merom Golan Tourism - Kibbutz Merom Golan

Kibbutz Merom Golan is situated in the northern part of the Golan Heights and was the first Israeli settlement founded on the Golan, on the 14th of July 1977, following the Six Day War. Merom Golan was established by young people from older, established kibbutzim who came to settle Merom Golan and the Golan Heights. The establishment of Kibbutz Merom Golan was the lever that propelled forward modern day settlement of the Golan.

Today, some 600 kibbutz members and residents live on Merom Golan, on the slopes of Mount BenTal at a height of 1171 meters above sea level. To the north of the kibbutz lies the Baron Pool nature reserve and to the south east is Mount Avital Nature Reserve. The name "Merom Golan" in fact refers to its geographical location.
 
Weather: during the summer months, the weather is cool and comfortable. Autumn is a cold period of the year and during the winter it is even colder and snow is a regular occurrence.  Spring is a joyous time when the whole area bursts into color with flowering wild plants.
 
Merom Golan is the focal point of the northern Golan. The kibbutz has a resort village, Merom Golan Tourism, with 46 luxurious cabins, 32 ground floor guest rooms, the Gaucho Restaurant, a riding stable, quad bike excursions, and an animal corner, a swimming pool and many arts and crafts activities, studios and galleries.
 
Kibbutz Merom Golan has a dining room that provides meals to residents of the Kibbutz and guests at the resort. The Kibbutz also hosts the Avital High School and a medical center serving the area. Additionally, there is a dental surgery, an alternative medicine center and a supermarket. The northern branch of the Golan Community Center is situated at Merom Golan and the community enjoys a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, some organized locally and others as part of the Golan Community Center.
 
Financially, Merom Golan operates in a number of areas:
 
Merom Golan Tourism
  • Resort Village that includes cabins and guest rooms suitable for couples and families, a coffee house on the top of Mount BenTal and the Gaucho Restaurant.
 
Agriculture
  • Apple, pear, kiwi and cherry orchards.
  • Vine yards
  • Mango, Leeche and avocado plantations
  • Partners in the North Golan dairy herd
  • Beef herd
  • Chicken run (for meat)
 
Industry
  • Volcanic pumice quarries
  • BenTal Industries produces specialized, electrical motion systems for a wide range of applications.
     
Entrepreneurship
  • Sculpture
  • Cycling
  • Carpentry and woodwork
  • Spa
  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Brass handicrafts
  • Jewelry
  • Jeep excursions