The bank building with the sign on it was photographed that day Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
: Ein Hai Bank
The name Ein Hai was given to the bank to preserve the heritage of the historical name of the moshav when the moshav was a "workers moshav". The Moshavim and Kvutzot were the link between the working class settlement in general "and the workers Moshavim " in particular.
The bank was initiated and managed by Moshe Zeev Even, from 1924, (Moshe Evens grandfather named after him and was one of the first pilots of the Air Force, and his brother Yaakov Even, a member of the moshav). The bank was run for decades by Yaakov Zalmanson (Eitans grandfather), during the period when the moshav was re-established (together with Hamra), according to the plan of the workers moshavim in 1919-1920. When they only dreamed of the valley settlements !!!
In the 1950s, the moshav granted its bank license to the entire moshav movement, and its name was changed, "from a lending and savings fund", to the Ein Hai bank.
At this point, dozens of branches were added across the country, and motorized branches moved between the Moshavim.
During this pioneering period (in the 1930s) the moshav granted thousands of dunams "for the settlement of the millennium" and the moshav became "the father of settlement" in the area.
When they themselves had nothing to eat, they built with their money and on their land all the institutions of the area. (In addition to the Ein Hai Bank, the moshav provided the area with the clinic, the school, a club for the working youth movement, a dairy for Tnuva, a library and the regional council building).
The second generation, the elders of the Moshav, were the "founders of the Palmach generation" (the "strike companies" established by the working-class settlement in 1942).
Many of them sacrificed what is most precious to them, their lives! And at this price they submitted "to the country on the way" on a tray of silver its independence.
Both generations have fulfilled the values of the period - initiative, daring, self-work, material and value contribution to the whole, voluntarily and not under duress.
There are no such things today, they performed and did not just talk. The socio-economic revolution has changed the fabric of life in the country, and has particularly affected productive settlement (unlike the new settlement), and settlement is not allowed to adapt itself for the purpose of its continued existence.
In addition it is forced to buy its rights in the land a second and third time, and in fact the generation of boys has already been displaced from his birthplace along with five generations before him, there is no case of displacement similar to that in the country.
The legacy of Ein Hai as a workers moshav, its unknown contribution to the idea of the workers moshav for its fulfillment and existence, are narrated in the museum for the beginning of the settlement, which also preserves in its name the "name of its youth" - "Ein Hai - Kfar Melal".
The national road (here in the back), is also called Ein Hai Street and the moshav became, (this time involuntarily) the traffic center of the area.
After 50 years of independent and expanded activity, when its sectoral importance ended, the bank merged with Bank Hapoalim.
Its activities in the village of Malal were transferred to Ramatim, for another ten years and was finally closed in 1986.
Moshe Zeev Even (Stein) - initiator and director of the bank from the beginning
Jacob Zalmanson - Bank manager from its inception for decades