(חמדת) is a village and Israeli settlement
located in the Jordan River
Valley on a plain at an altitude of 178 metres along the Allon Road
in the municipal jurisdiction of the Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council
. Other villages in the area are Ro'i
. The closet city, Beit Shean
, is a thirty minute drive north of Hemdat.
Hemdat was first established in 1979 as a pioneer Nahal
military outpost that was soon thereafter demilitarized and turned into a kibbutz
when turned over to residential purposes to a group of pioneers from Hashomer Hatzair
and Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation
. Due to the harsh living conditions of the valley (intense heat, distant location) and other obstacles, this group abandoned the kibbutz and the village was returned back to the Israel Defence Forces
Nahal brigade. In 1997, a new group organized by the Amana
settlement organization rose to the challenge and moved to resettle Hemdat. This group was made up of students at the Bnei David
academy in Eli
and one family named Shitrit.
Three months after the re-founding of the village, a religious
pre-military academy was established called Hemdat Yehuda
Other educational institutions include a nursery school and a kindergarten. Young children learn at the elementary school on the Sde Eliyahu kibbutz. The older youth learn at the Sde Eliyahu High School, and other institutions in the area and elsewhere.
Hemdat does not have a Homogeneous
population and it is made up of a mixed group of families from different Jewish
ethnic backgrounds and locations in Israel
. There is one central synagogue that serves the village, as well as religious services at the academy.