Ma’ale Korczak: An Inspirational Trip – Israel

“How wonderful it is to be able to observe long hours: in the forest, in one tree in it, one husband on it, in one artery of a leaf – and wonderful hours flow and pass in the soul…”
Janusz Korczak

“Ma’ale Korczak” is a new initiative by children’s author Mirik Snir, and educator and tour guide Yoav Yaakobi. Ma’ale Korczak is our way of mentioning the noble deeds of Janusz Korczak and continuing his daring educational journey which was cruelly interrupted, out of a complete belief that the values ​​of the education theory he conceived and fulfilled in his life, are eternal and required for future generations.

Read more: Korczak’s travels in the Land of Israel

Rachel Segal Rabinowitz, a 94-year-old girl from Kfar Giladi, made sharp allegations to her family that we are not perpetuating the Galilean dream of Janusz Korczak. Over the years she has always told of Korczak’s visit to the school and the fascinating encounters with him. She was 10 years old and was deeply impressed by him. Her teacher, her father, Mordechai Segal, who was a young educator, and already active and well-known in the kibbutz education system, met Korczak and invited him to visit Kfar Giladi to exchange views and to learn from his rich experience and educational approach. Segal later founded the Kibbutzim Seminary and Oranim and was their director for decades.

His daughter Rachel Segal remembered that following that visit, Korczak had a dream about which he wrote in the ghetto diary and demanded that we not forget him and commemorate him in some way.

First hikers up Korczak

First hikers up Korczak

Dr. Janusz Korczak was a pediatrician and author who gained much recognition in Poland and abroad. As an educator, he was one of the forerunners of child rights recognition and one of the first to formulate it. According to him, education and values ​​can only influence out of an attitude of respect, appreciation and dialogue. Every child has his own full and rich inner world and his desires and things that occupy him should not be underestimated. Education does not mimic these behaviors and mutual influence.

The purpose of education should be to instill independence and a sense of responsibility and the child should take an active part in the process of his education and learn from his world of experiences and experiences.

Korczak visited Palestine twice in 1934 and 1936.

On his second journey he “deafened” the country from south to north, with the northernmost point he reached being Kfar Giladi.

His visit to Kfar Giladi lasted about a week and included many trips with the staff and children, including the Naftali Mountains, which tower over the kibbutz and overlook Mount Hermon.

His dream about him is written in the ghetto diary in the last months of his life: “He was building a large orphanage in the mountains of Lebanon near Kfar Giladi…”. Korczak lists in his diary his plans and describes the transparent room he will build for himself on a roof so that at the time of writing he will not miss any sunset and even sunrise and the stars at night.

This special connection of Korczak to the Land of Israel to the Galilee and Kfar Giladi is not known to the general public and is worthy of mention and commemoration.

In the first phase, we planned a route about 5 km long on a comfortable dirt road that leaves from the stone house (the classroom that Korczak visited) and ascends towards Mitzpe Adi and Moshav Margaliot. The route is suitable for the whole family, you can also walk from top to bottom. Wonderful and short, moving and inspiring quotes from Korczak’s extraordinary humane educational vision. In the future, Ma’ale Korczak will be able to lead a center that will deal with the humane-pioneering educational heritage of this rare person.

Description of virtue

Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Beit Hashomer must be registered in Wise. At this point the vehicles must be parked. It is possible and highly recommended to be impressed by the crazy view from the lawn of Beit Hashomer and it is even recommended to visit the museum before going for a walk up Korczak. At the museum – during school hours only – you can ask the guard to come in and be impressed by the stone house that Korczak visited. If closed or not allowed to enter, continue walking west towards the quarry to the rock near the western gate. There you can read about Korczak’s visit to Kfar Giladi. From here go out through the gate according to the kite marking. The short section of road to the quarry is less pleasant, but the avenue of trees planted by the Maayan Baruch Mechina beautifies it until you reach the quarry parking lot, here stick to the main road, bypass the concrete blocks and connect up About 2 km you will reach the dream stone where you can enjoy the view and read and get excited about Korczak’s dream. On rocks in “Ma’ale Korczak” there will be quotes and sayings of his that are intended to provoke discussion and discussion circles inspired by them.

Continue up, enjoy the woods, the view and the good air until you reach the access road to Mitzpe Adi where the ascent ends.
You can walk the route up or down. Level of difficulty in ascending – medium. Suitable for hiking lovers.
The route is not marked in color but on “kite” signs.

To conclude – another quote by Korczak:

“The educator who does not push and congest but releases,
Does not attract but up,
Is not depressing but a designer,
Does not sue but asks,
Will experience many inspiring moments with the child… “
י. Korczak, With the Child, p. 283

Map of Ma’ale Korczak:

Courtesy of Cloud Pillar

Courtesy of Cloud Pillar


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