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Aminadav forest
Aminadav forest
Aminadav is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Coordinates: 31°45′5.4″N 35°8′32.64″E / 31.751500°N 35.1424000°E / 31.751500; 35.1424000Coordinates: 31°45′5.4″N 35°8′32.64″E / 31.751500°N 35.1424000°E / 31.751500; 35.1424000
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1950
Founded by Yemenite Jews
Population (2015)[1] 1,083
Name meaning Named after Aminadab

Aminadav (Hebrew: עַמִּינָדָב‎) is a moshav in central Israel. Located southwest of Jerusalem near Yad Kennedy, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,083.[1]


The name "Aminadav" is a combination of two Hebrew words; "Ami"- my nation, and "Nadav"- generous, giving, or volunteering; thus Aminadav translates "a generous people" and its origin is from the Hebrew Bible book of Exodus (6:23 et al.); "Nachshon ben Aminadav" was the first man to enter the "Red Sea" as the Jews left slavery in Egypt.


The village was established in 1950 by Hebrew repatriants returning from Yemen. Between 1952 and 1953 it absorbed more immigrants from North Africa as well as some native Israelis.

Aminadav forest[edit]

The Aminadav Forest, spread over 7 km² (700 ha), is a combination of natural woodland and trees planted by the Jewish National Fund along the Salmon-Sorek contour. The forest overlooks the Sorek and Refa`im riverbeds and the Jerusalem hills. In the forest are several natural springs, ancient agricultural terraces, orchards, ancient wine presses and chalk pits.[2] The Lord Sacks forest is a forest of 25,000 trees being planted within the Aminadav forest by the JNF, UK. It is named for Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Lord Jonathan Sacks.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Aminadav forest". Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ JNF Lord Sacks forest Archived May 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.