The Bilu’im 2018-02-19T22:12:01+00:00

The Bilu’im

O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

The Bilu’im were a special group of people from the First Aliyah. Jewish students in Kharkov founded the organization in 1882. Their aim was to establish in the Land of Israel a Jewish society based on justice and social equality in which the culture and the language were Hebrew. The members of Bil’u were flag-bearers of Zionism in their devotion, perseverance, enthusiasm and in their social vision.

In June, 1882, Israel Belkind led a group of 14 Bilu’im who made “aliyah”, marking the start of the First Aliyah. At first, they worked in agriculture at the Mikve Israel school. They lived in a rented house in the middle of a grove in Jaffa. Later, they moved to Rishon LeZion and then to Gedera, the first Bil’u settlement, which they built with their own hands.

Mikve Israel

The first agricultural school in the Land of Israel, east of Jaffa, south of the Jaffa – Jerusalem road, was established by Karl Netter on February 15, 1870. The school was founded as part of the French  “Alliance Israélite Universelle”. The Turkish government gave Netter a license to establish an agricultural school and leased him 2,600 dunams of state land for 99 years. The payment demanded was minimal because of “the understanding of the importance this institution in the life of the Jews.” The Jewish Yishuv welcomed the agricultural school.

Ths aim of the school was to prepare the younger generation for agricultural settlements. Although the school did not thrive in its early years, the arrival of the Bilu’im brought about a change. By the time they established the Gedera Moshava, they were ready for a career in agriculture. In 1894, the number of students at Mikve Israel rose to nearly 100 and agriculture developed. In 1898, Herzl made an historic visit to the school.

Thirty Years Later…

Click on the picture to see a moving and festive meeting which took place thirty years after the founding of Gedera.

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