|Founded by||Bulgarian immigrants|
Beit Arif (Hebrew: בֵּית עָרִיף, lit. House of Cloud) is a moshav in central Israel. Located near Shoham, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 724.
The moshav was founded in 1949 by immigrants from Bulgaria on the ruins of the abandoned Arab village of Dayr Tarif. It has originally named Ahlama (Hebrew: אחלמה) (Exodus 28:19), one of the 12 stones in the Hoshen, the sacred breastplate worn by a Jewish high priest (two other nearby settlements, Bareket, Shoham and Nofekh, are also named after such stones).
In the early 1950s some immigrants from Yemen arrived in the area, and built homes around half a kilometre away. After disagreements between the two groups, the original residents left and moved to Ginaton (a moshav also founded by Bulgarian immigrants) in 1953.
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