arrived at their present location from Balkans in year 1880
after 10 years of residence at Marvel-border of Greece and Bulgaria,
they migrated to Palestine, the Holy Land of the three monotheist
religions. Ottoman Sultan asked them to reside at Rihania (Reyhaniye)
and Kfar-Kama villages. About 1000 Abedzah Circassians live
in Reyhaniye and about 2000 Shapsıg Circassians live in Kfar-Kama
and scores of families live in various Israeli cities and towns
near their jobs.
the larger village has Jewish settlements as neighbours. Children
graduate from village school and continue their education at
They learn Hebrew, English and Circassian at school, National
Circassian Alphabet of Caucasus is used in teaching Circassian.Reyhaniye
is closer to Arab settlements as neighbours and children are
able to go both Arab and Jewish schools.
serve in the army and employed in the border and regular police
force. Municipal and public services are wide open to the Circassians.
Circassians living in these two villages communicate in own
The Circassian Law (Khabza) regulates the conduct of the Circassians
and settles all matters among themselves.
festival is traditionally held in August at Reyhaniye.Circassian
dancers from world over comes here for the celebration. Many
non-Circassian guests are invited to the celebration to expand
the knowlwdge of the Circassian culture.