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.
In 1935, the Pardes Hanna Agricultural School was established in the settlement. It was named after Baron de Rothschild who died in that year. The school was established by the Association of Farmers and was the first agricultural school to include a full academic matriculation program as part of its curriculum.
During the British Mandate, Pardes Hanna and Karkur were located in the heart of a giant complex of British military camps, a remnant of which is Mahane 80 (an IDF training camp).
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.
Canaanite Blues / by Ehud Banai
Since you left, the darkness here is growing
Your light still shines, still glows
It's a few local shows,
The same song of pain, over and over
And in a different plane
Around the Shabbat Table
Everybody sits together
You and I as well
Worlds of calm
A lonely eucalyptus
Whistles Canaanite Blues