Ben Shemen

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Ben Shemen
בֶּן שֶׁמֶן
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Ben Shemen is located in Israel
Ben Shemen
Ben Shemen
Coordinates: 31°57′14.4″N 34°55′29.64″E / 31.954000°N 34.9249000°E / 31.954000; 34.9249000Coordinates: 31°57′14.4″N 34°55′29.64″E / 31.954000°N 34.9249000°E / 31.954000; 34.9249000
Council Hevel Modi'in
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1905 (original)
1952 (re-establishment)

Ben Shemen (Hebrew: בֶּן שֶׁמֶן) is a moshav in central Israel. Located around four kilometres east of Lod, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 627.

Bezalel workshop at Ben Shemen, 1911

The moshav was originally founded in 1905, and was one of the first villages established on Jewish National Fund land.[1] In 1947 he had a population of 75.[1] Its name taken from Isaiah 5:1;

Let me sing of my well-beloved, a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved had a vineyard in a very fruitful hill.[2]

and also reflects the JNF's planting of olive trees in this area. [1]

In 1923 it was split in two, with a group of trial farms eventually becoming a separate moshav, Kerem Ben Shemen. The moshav was refounded in 1952 by immigrants from Romania. Some houses in the moshav were built by Bezalel Academy of Art and Design founder Boris Schatz.

During World War II, Ben Shemen was the site of a British search for weapons. Similar searches were a common British response to Yishuv opposition to the 1939 Whitepaper.[3]

The village experienced extensive damage during the early days of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and had to be reconstructed.[1]

The first Jewish National Fund forest is located in Ben Shemen.[1]

The Ben Shemen Youth Village, sometimes called the Ben Shemen Children's Village,[1][4] was established in 1927 and is today a large agricultural boarding school, situated adjacent to the moshav.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 16. 
  2. ^ Isaiah Chapter 5 Mechon Mamre
  3. ^ Anita, Shapira (1992). Land and Power, The Zionist Resort to Force. Chapter 7: Oxford University Press. p. 288. 
  4. ^ Chaya H. Roth (16 September 2008). The fate of Holocaust memories: transmission and family dialogues. Macmillan. pp. 83–. ISBN 978-0-230-60607-4. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 

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