Dor דּוֹר‬

Dor is a moshav in northern Israel located near Zikhron Ya’akov. The modern moshav was established in 1949 by Jewish immigrants from Greece, who were later joined by Jewish refugees from Iraq. In 2016 it had a population of 410. The ancient Phoenician city of Dor inhabited by the tribe of Manasseh in the Israelite period.

The earliest remains at the Tel Dor site date back to the Canaanite period ending about 1200 BCE. Later, the Shkil tribe of sea raiders inhabited Tel Dor and is cited in the letters of the Egyptian traveler Wen-Amon. The Phoenicians settled at Dor approximately 1100 BCE, and subsequently it became King Solomon’s main port on the Mediterranean. Modern Dor was named after the ancient Phoenician city of Dor. The city is mentioned in the Bible, in the Book of Joshua 17:11 and 1 Chronicles 7:29. The ancient city of Dor was situated on the tel north of today’s moshav, overlooking Kibbutz Nahsholim.

Archaeologists have found the remains of Roman temples, mosaic floors and houses from the Hellenistic period when the site was known as Dora. Artifacts of beautiful Roman and Greek bowls, plates, jugs and jewelry are displayed at the nearby museum. From the 4th to the 7th century CE, Dor served as a Bishopric, but the Byzantine church was later abandoned. The village of Tantura was established in the area during the Arab period.

Dor HaBonim Beach Nature Reserve