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Ayanot is located in Central Israel
Coordinates: 31°54′56.88″N 34°46′5.15″E / 31.9158000°N 34.7680972°E / 31.9158000; 34.7680972Coordinates: 31°54′56.88″N 34°46′5.15″E / 31.9158000°N 34.7680972°E / 31.9158000; 34.7680972
District Central
Council Gan Raveh
Founded 30 March 1930–12 January 1932
Founded by Ada Maimon
Population (2016)[1] 352
Name meaning Springs
Website ayanot.org.il

Ayanot (Hebrew: עֲיָנוֹת‬, lit. Fountains) is a youth village in central Israel. Located near Ness Ziona, it falls under the jurisdiction of Gan Raveh Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 352.[1]


Young people studying at Ayanot, 1948

The foundation of the village began with the purchase of 140 acres (0.57 km2) of land by Ada Maimon as a girl's training farm [2] in 1926. The village was established on 30 March 1930, though no-one lived on the site until Maimon, ten girls and a guard moved in on 12 January 1932; until then they had lived in nearby Ness Ziona. The village was named after the numerous springs in the area, though other sources claim it is taken from Deuteronomy 8:7;

For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills.[3]

The Jewish National Fund wrote in 1949 that the name is derived from the Arabic.[2]

During World War II, the village became an agricultural school and took in young Holocaust survivors who had succeeded in immigrating. Today it is home to a boarding school for 180 pupils. A few years ago, the agricultural school opened a miniature horse farm and one of its horses was a runner-up in the 2008 world championship for miniature horses.[4]

In 2010, the village celebrated its 80th anniversary.[4]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Deuteronomy Chapter 8". Mechon Mamre. 
  4. ^ a b Noah Kosharek (4 March 2010). "Runner-up in mini-horse tourney becomes a first-time father". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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