The local authority was created in 1969 from the consolidation of the Pardes Hanna and Karkur authorities.
There are 31,500 residents of Pardes Hanna-Karkur.
The land that Karkur sits on was bought by the World Zionist Organization through the Hachsharat Hayishuv Company.
The Company created the name Pardes Hanna from Pardes (Hebrew for orchard) since it was planned that the settlement would be based on citrus fruits and Hanna after Hanna Rothschild, the daughter of Nathan Meir Rothschild, the uncle of the famous benefactor Baron Edmond James De Rothschild.
There are 46 synagogues of various types in Pardes Hanna-Karkur: Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Ethiopian, Iranian, Iraqi and Yemenite.
Culture and the Arts
In recent years, Pardes Hanna-Karkur has attracted more than a few artists and entertainers from Tel Aviv and the Center. This wave was led by Hans and Ilan Plada from Plastic Plus, one of the leaders of the Bohemian Shenkin Street, who were joined by various artists and entertainers, such as the songwriter Shimrit Or, the singer and songwriter Meir Ariel z"l, the singer Avraham Tal and various other musicians, artists (and healers).
Another informal tradition in Pardes Hanna during the 1990s was called Hashikshuk. On the first Friday of each month, local residents got together for a Bedouin-style market in the center of Pardes Hanna. Anyone could sell second-hand goods or artistic creations. The bazaar also included food stands, arts and crafts booths for children, workshops and booths for holistic treatments, as well a raised stage on which people could perform.
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