The Circassians in Israel are Sunni Muslims, who separate their religion from their nationality. About 4,500 Circassians live in Israel, mainly in the two villages of Kfar Kama and Rehaniya.
Circassians exiles from the northern Caucasus established the village Rehaniya in 1873, and the village of Kfar Kama in 1876.
The Israeli Circassians have had good relations with the Jewish community in Israel since the beginning of the Zionist immigration. Like the Druze, they serve in the army and are integrated into Israeli society.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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