The Center for Land of Israel Studies Rationale
The Center for Land of Israel Studies at the college, on the site of the historic Tsemakh railway station, which served as a unique terminus of the Valley Train Stations, comprises a unique home for people who research and love the Land of Israel. It is only natural that the historic Tsemakh railway station was chosen as the permanent home for the Center for Land of Israel Studies. Within its historic walls, the site accommodates, in unison, students, researchers and hikers who share one common denominator: a love of the Land of Israel.
The site of the Center for Land of Israel Studies covers an area of some 8.3 dunams (approx. 2 acres). The restored railway station buildings are used as study classrooms. The center is open to the general public and is a visiting point for hikers and tourists in the north.
The center houses the following:
- The Department of Land of Israel Studies: one of the largest programs of its kind in Israel;
- Land of Israel Studies research institutes:
- The Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology: The institute aims to advance archeological research and activity of the Galilee and the north of Israel. It initiates archeological excavations and surveys.
- The Kinneret Center for Peace, Security and Society in Memory of Dan Shomron was established at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee in order to advance research into, and the study of, the reciprocal relations that exist between society and various security issues of the state of Israel, taking a multidisciplinary and comparative viewpoint.
- The David Bornblum Chair for Land of Israel Studies was established by Mr. Bret Bornblum of Memphis, Tennessee, in the memory of his brother David. Two science conferences addressing Land of Israel research are held each year. The foundation is also responsible for supporting researchers and students.
- Advanced training courses, enrichment and professional training of tour guide courses.
The 2-story building, which was formerly used as the stationmaster’s offices and home, now houses the offices of the Center for Land of Israel Studies.