Bar Yohai

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Bar Yohai
בַּר יוֹחַאי
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • unofficial Bar Yochai
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Bar Yohai is located in Israel
Bar Yohai
Bar Yohai
Coordinates: 32°59′52.4″N 35°26′56.18″E / 32.997889°N 35.4489389°E / 32.997889; 35.4489389Coordinates: 32°59′52.4″N 35°26′56.18″E / 32.997889°N 35.4489389°E / 32.997889; 35.4489389
Council Merom HaGalil
Region Upper Galilee
Founded 1977
Founded by Immigrants from the Soviet Union
Name meaning Named after Shimon bar Yochai

Bar Yohai (Hebrew: בַּר יוֹחַאי) is a religious Jewish communal settlement near Har Meron in northern Israel. It belongs to Merom HaGalil Regional Council.

It was founded in 1977 as a settlement for olim from the former Soviet Union. Those olim were not interested in living such a distance from a city nor in such austere conditions (each side of a duplex was less than 650 square feet). Sochnut officials then offered the failing yishuv to Religious Zionist families and members of nearby moshavim. This move was very successful as Yishuv Bar Yohai grew to over 100 families, including a small group of Canadian olim, of which three were physicians.

The community is named after Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who according to Jewish tradition was buried on Har Meron nearby.


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