Printer Friendly
   
FacebookTwitter
Share on Facebook
Cancel
Share on MySpace
Cancel
Share on Twitter
A short URL will be added to the end of your Tweet.

Cancel
Share on LinkedIn
Cancel

Ayalon Institute

This fascinating museum presents the story of a secret factory that manufactured ammunition, built underneath a limestone hill. On the surface, it was used for training groups of young people (garinim) for kibbutz life.

Built and operated during the years 1946-1948, the Institute was established by the "Haganah," the largest Jewish underground movement during the British Mandate. This factory would develop into what is today called IMI (Israel Military Industries) or "TAAS". This special clandestine factory was prepared secretly in less than a month, 8 meters (25 feet) underground. Its openings were covered by a 10 ton oven and a large washing machine that camouflaged the noise of manufacturing bullets. The Ayalon Institute was the largest IMI factory to operate underground and produced over 2,500,000 9mm bullets mostly for Sten guns during its two years of operation.

The restoration includes: Visitors Center, short introductory film, reconstruction of the washing machine and large oven that hid the openings to the underground factory, ladder and spiral staircase leading down to the factory, many of the original machines still operate in their original places, and the above ground kibbutz facilities i.e. dining room, laundry and living quarters of a typical kibbutz. A guided tour is included. There is also the possibility for small or large groups to order meals or have receptions or special events in the original kibbutz dining room with or without folk singing and kibbutz entertainment.

The Ayalon Institute was featured on The Discovery Channel! Watch the video.

Get involved and Donate to Ayalon Institute. For naming opportunities call your local office at 888-JNF-0099.

 

Log In

Please log in to change your profile or settings.

Find us on:

         

Google+

Earn up to 9.5% on your money.

Choose from one of the many planned giving options and consult with a JNF Planned Giving specialist by filling out an information request.

Other Initiatives

JNFuture
Alternative Spring Break
YourPage

Water Challenges

In Israel the most precious commodity is water and it is at risk. Find out how you can help.

 

YouTube   Delicous   Facebook   Digg