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Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew רְכָסִים
 • ISO 259 Rkasim
 • Also spelled Rechasim (unofficial)
Official logo of Rekhasim
Rekhasim is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°44′55.78″N 35°6′2.89″E / 32.7488278°N 35.1008028°E / 32.7488278; 35.1008028Coordinates: 32°44′55.78″N 35°6′2.89″E / 32.7488278°N 35.1008028°E / 32.7488278; 35.1008028
District Haifa
Founded 1951
 • Type Local council (from 1959)
 • Total 2,859 dunams (2.859 km2 or 1.104 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 9,200
Name meaning Mountain ranges

Rekhasim (Hebrew: רְכָסִים) is a town (local council) in the Haifa District of Israel. It is located between Kiryat Tiv'on, Kiryat Ata and Nesher, next to roads 70, 75 and 762.

Its estimated population at the end of 2009 was 9,200,[1] and its jurisdiction was 2,859 dunams (~2.9 km2). It is ranked low (2 out of 10) on the Israeli socio-economic scale.[2]

History and name[edit]

It was named after a verse in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 40:4), because the town is located on 4 hill ranges. It was founded in 1951 by released soldiers and residents of nearby ma'abarot.[3]


Rekhasim lies on four hills near Mount Carmel, labelled with Hebrew letters (Hill Alef, Bet, Gimel and Dalet). It borders two villages in the Zvulun Regional Council: the Jewish Kfar Hasidim and Arab Ibtin.

Its lowest elevation is only 19.8 m (65 ft) above sea level, while the highest is at 193.6 m (635 ft). The average temperature in January is 11 °C (52 °F), and 27 °C (81 °F) in August. The average annual precipitation is 650 mm (26 in).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Rekhasim" (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  3. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 868. ISBN 965-448-413-7.