Harish, Israel

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Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew חָרִישׁ
 • ISO 259 Ḥariš
Harish is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°29′21″N 35°6′28″E / 32.48917°N 35.10778°E / 32.48917; 35.10778Coordinates: 32°29′21″N 35°6′28″E / 32.48917°N 35.10778°E / 32.48917; 35.10778
District Haifa
Founded 1993
 • Type Local council
 • Total 9,736 dunams (9.736 km2 or 3.759 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 3,900
Name meaning Plowing

Harish (Hebrew: חָרִישׁ) is a town (local council) in the Haifa District of Israel. At the end of 2006, the town's population was 3,900.[1] Its jurisdiction is 9,736 dunams.[2]


Harish was founded by Nahal in 1982 and converted into a kibbutz in 1985. In 1993 it was merged with neighouring Katzir to form a new town, Katzir-Harish.[3] However, the three settlements were split in 2012, with Harish remaining a town, and Katzir reverting to the jurisdiction of Menashe Regional Council.

The master plan of Harish was prepared by the architecture firm Mansfeld-Kehat Architects and calls for the expansion of Harish to Highway 65 in the north, and Baqa-Jatt in the south.[4] Initially Harish was envisioned as a Haredi city offering low-cost housing to this sector.[5]In 2012, a secular buyers group organized to bid on lots zoned for 400 housing units there.[6]


  1. ^ "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents and Other Rural Population" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Katzir-Harish" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  3. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. pp. p. 840. ISBN 965-448-413-7. 
  4. ^ "Harish Master Plan, 2007". Mansfer-Kehat Architects. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/a-haredi-city-on-the-horizon-1.373785
  6. ^ Secular Israelis make move on new city Harish