Yad HaShmona

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Yad Hashmona
Yad Hashmona
Yad Hashmona
Council Mateh Yehuda
Region Jerusalem corridor
Affiliation Agricultural Union
Founded 1971
Founded by Finnish pioneers

Yad Hashmona (Hebrew: יַד הַשְּׁמוֹנָה), (lit. Memorial for the Eight) is a small moshav shitufi in central Israel, located in the Judean Mountains near Jerusalem, within the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.


Wooden cabin, Yad HaShmona guesthouse

Yad Hashmona was founded in 1971 by a small group of Finnish Christians.[1] It is named for eight Jewish refugees from Austria who escaped to Finland in 1938. The Finnish government, collaborating with the Nazis, handed the refugees over to the Gestapo in 1942. Seven of them died in Auschwitz.[2] In 1978, a group of messianic Jews joined the moshav. Most of the members are now Israelis and the main spoken language is Hebrew.[3] Due to intermarriage with Israeli Jews the moshav has become a center of Messianic Jews in Israel.


The community runs a guesthouse, convention center and banquet hall. In 2000, a biblical village was inaugurated with the assistance of the Swiss Beth Shalom society and the Israel Antiquities Authority.[4] A Biblical garden planted on the hillside replicates agriculture in ancient times. Apart from tourism, the economy is based on carpentry.

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Coordinates: 31°48′37.08″N 35°5′20.39″E / 31.8103000°N 35.0889972°E / 31.8103000; 35.0889972