Pinsteps. The Dvora Patrol Boat Memorial at Kramim School, Binyamina
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In Binyamina, the Dvora-class fast patrol boat stands as a monument near the ORT Shomron School. It was a light patrol vessel, retired from operational service, and donated to the city as a memorial for the residents who fell in the war. The ship is conveniently located with nearby parking, and just a few steps away is the start of the trail to Ein Tzur.

This boat offers a unique experience - a rope allows visitors to climb aboard, explore the deck, go below, and enter. Did you know? The Dvora is a naval craft used for ongoing security operations. The original model was purchased in the USA in 1970. During the Yom Kippur War, Dvora boats thwarted Egyptian attacks in the Red Sea, struck enemy harbours, and destroyed Egyptian commando boats preparing to raid Israeli targets.

In the late 1970s, Israel (Ramat David) began manufacturing its Dvora boats, producing several series and upgrading the older ones. During the 1980s and 1990s, the ships underwent modifications to enhance their speed (modified Dvora) and manoeuvrability (adjusted AD Dvora). To this day, Dvora crews have foiled dozens of sea-based terror attempts and sunk many terrorist boats.


  • Length: 19.8 meters
  • Width: 5.8 meters
  • Displacement: 36 tons
  • Maximum speed: 30 knots
  • Propulsion: 2 diesel engines
  • Armament: 2 20mm cannons, 0.5 calibre machine guns, MAGs, possibility for NLOS torpedoes, depth charges
  • Crew: 8 people

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Hiking trip to Hotam HaCarmel in Binyamina-Giv'at Ada of Dec 30, 2023

Embark on a captivating hiking adventure through the southern part of Mount Carmel, just a few moments away from the enchanting Ein Zur Spring. This scenic trail offers a convenient and free parking area, making it the perfect starting point for your journey. After your hike, you can relax in the beautiful surroundings of the spring.

In December, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing display of wildflowers, including marigolds, anemones, and cyclamens. As you ascend the cliffs of the mountain, you'll encounter a breathtaking viewpoint where you can take a break and enjoy the splendid vista.

Along the way, you'll discover ancient burial mounds, remnants of early civilizations. Further ahead lies a Roman and Byzantine villa and farm, providing fascinating insights into the region's history.

The trail then winds through the lush Gariga, leading you across the Crocodile River's stream to the main square of Rothschild Park, a popular gathering spot for hikers.

Your journey culminates with a visit to the remarkable ruins of Houri Farm, the ancient Greek fortress of Aleq, the Zur Spring, and the scenic park that surrounds it. This hiking route promises an unforgettable exploration of nature, history, and culture.

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