Omer, Israel

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Omer
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew עֹומֶר, עומר
 • ISO 259 ʕomr
Omer, Israel 1.jpg
Official logo of Omer
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Omer is located in Israel
Omer
Omer
Coordinates: 31°15′51.48″N 34°50′48.9″E / 31.2643000°N 34.846917°E / 31.2643000; 34.846917Coordinates: 31°15′51.48″N 34°50′48.9″E / 31.2643000°N 34.846917°E / 31.2643000; 34.846917
District Southern
Government
 • Type Local council
 • Head of Municipality Pini Badash
Area
 • Total 20,126 dunams (20.1 km2 or 7.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,080
Name meaning Sheaf

Omer (Hebrew: עֹמֶר) is an upscale town in the South District of Israel, bordering Beersheba. It is located on Highway 60, between Beersheba and the Shoket Junction.

History[edit]

Omer movie theater and soldiers' club

Omer, originally known as Hevrona, was founded as a kibbutz in 1949. The early residents were demobilized Palmach soldiers. In 1951, it became a cooperative village known as Eilata. In 1953, it was re-established as a communal moshav by immigrants from Hungary and Romania and renamed Omer. The name is based on a verse from the book of Leviticus.[2]

In 1957, residents of the ma'abarot in the vicinity moved to Omer. In 1962, it was renamed Tomer and became a neighborhood of Beersheba. Since 1974, it has been an independent town and suburb of Beersheba.[2]

Pini Badash has served as mayor since 1990. In 2010, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the population of Omer was 6,593.[1] Omer's jurisdiction is 20,126 dunams (~20.1 km²).

Economy[edit]

Omer is known for its high socio-economic ranking. It is one of three municipalities to score 10/10, along with Kokhav Yair and Savyon.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Localities File 2010" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel. Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 769. ISBN 965-448-413-7.  (Hebrew)
  3. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Omer". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved March 7, 2008.  (Hebrew)

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