Aderet, Israel

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Aderet
אַדֶּרֶת
Hebrew transcription(s)
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Aderet is located in Israel
Aderet
Aderet
Coordinates: 31°39′36.71″N 34°59′42.36″E / 31.6601972°N 34.9951000°E / 31.6601972; 34.9951000Coordinates: 31°39′36.71″N 34°59′42.36″E / 31.6601972°N 34.9951000°E / 31.6601972; 34.9951000
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1961
Founded by Moroccan immigrants
Population (2012) 797[1]
Name meaning Glorious (Vine)

Aderet (Hebrew: אַדֶּרֶת) is a moshav in central Israel. Located in the Judean foothills in the Adullam region, south of Beit Shemesh, west of Gush Etzion and overlooking the Valley of Elah, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2012 it had a population of 797.[1]

History[edit]

The moshav was founded in the early 1960s by immigrants from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Its name was taken from Book of Ezekiel 17:8,[2] meaning "glorious" in the phrase "glorious vine", a symbol of reborn Israel. The name recalls the viticulture in the area.

The founders were involved in poultry farming and other agricultural activities until the late 1980s, when the village evolved into a dormitory community for Jerusalem (40 km) and Tel Aviv (65 km). In 1997 a new neighborhood was built, bringing the population to over 110 families. An additional building project started in late 2006 for seventy plots.

Education[edit]

There are two kindergartens located on the moshav. School-age children are bused outside the community mostly to either Alon Shvut or Rosh Tzurim. A pre-military mechina, open to both religious and non-religious students, was founded after the year 2000. There are four synagogues in Aderet, and the chief rabbi is Moshe Dadon.

Tourism[edit]

In the vicinity of Aderet are a vineyard and number of archeological sites from the Roman and Byzantine Eras, including the Atari and Midras ruins. The cave of Adullam, famous as a refuge for David during his period of flight from King Saul, is 1 km south of Aderet, and the ancient site of Sokho, now famous for its annual flowering of lupins, is 2 km north.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p.2, ISBN 965-220-423-4 (Hebrew)