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Council Mateh Yehuda
Region Jerusalem corridor
Affiliation Agudat Israel Workers
Founded 1950
Founded by Yemenite Jews
Moshav Zanoah

Zanoah (Hebrew: זָנוֹחַ) is a moshav in central Israel, adjacent to Beit Shemesh. It falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 427.


The village was established in 1950 by immigrants from Yemen. In the following years most of the founders left and were replaced by immigrants from North Africa.

Geography and Archeology[edit]

Nahal Zanoah is a stream that runs north and drains into Nahal Sorek.[1]

The ruins (Khirbe Zanu') south of the moshav are probably the ancient village of Zanoah mentioned in Egyptian letters, later part of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:34), and in the "Second Temple Period ... reinhabited",[2] as also written in the Bible (Nehemiah 3:13).


The Beit Shemesh Yeshiva is located in Zanoah. Most of the students are from Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef. Aside from Talmud study, the curriculum includes English language and mathematics, and unlike many such institutions in Israel today, students study for the Bagrut matriculation exams.[3] In addition to this, Zanoah is the home of Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah, for international English-speaking students where boys can study within a gap year programme there.


  1. ^ Follow the red rock road, Jerusalem Post
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.481, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
  3. ^ Black and white in color, Haaretz

Coordinates: 31°43′55.91″N 34°59′57.12″E / 31.7321972°N 34.9992000°E / 31.7321972; 34.9992000

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