The Christian Zionists Who Brought an Israeli Agricultural Community Back to Life

Thanks in good part to the influx of members of the industrious Beth El Christian community, who created their own kibbutz in its midst, Moshav Magan Shaul has in the last decade been able to write off debts, offer gainful employment and draw former members who left to come home.

Just over a decade ago, Moshav Magen Shaul, near Mount Gilboa, was an agricultural community whose most common crop was despair. Its residents, owners of large plots of land, much of it used for hothouses where they grew roses, were mired in tremendous debt caused by the period’s latest financial crisis, and many didn’t know how they would be able to keep feeding their families.