Be'er Ya'akov

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Be'er Ya'akov
  • בְּאֵר יַעֲקֹב
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Bˀer Yaˁqob
 • Also spelled Be'er Ya'aqov (official)
Beer Yaakov pic01.jpg
Official logo of Be'er Ya'akov
Be'er Ya'akov is located in Israel
Be'er Ya'akov
Be'er Ya'akov
Coordinates: 31°56′33.14″N 34°50′1.5″E / 31.9425389°N 34.833750°E / 31.9425389; 34.833750Coordinates: 31°56′33.14″N 34°50′1.5″E / 31.9425389°N 34.833750°E / 31.9425389; 34.833750
District Central
Founded 1907
 • Type Local council (from 1949)
 • Head of Municipality Nissim Gozlan
 • Total 8,580 dunams (8.58 km2 or 3.31 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 9,400
Name meaning Jacob's well

Be'er Ya'akov (Hebrew: בְּאֵר יַעֲקֹב, lit. Jacob's Well) is a town with local council status in central Israel, near Ness Ziona and Rishon Lezion.

Be'er Ya'akov has an area of 8,580 dunams (~8.6 km²).[2] In December 2006, it had a population of 9,400.[1] Be'er Ya'akov was founded in 1907 by Jewish immigrants from Dagestan. In 1947, it had a population of 400.[3] It achieved local council status in 1949.

Be'er Ya'akov was named after Ya'akov Yitzhaki, a rabbi and Jewish pioneer.[4]

During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and until the Israeli capture of Ramla in July 1948, Be'er Ya'akov was in the front line. The population at that time was evacuated and a new settlement, Be'er Shalom, was established nearby by members of Kibbutz Buchenwald, the first pioneer training group formed in post-World War II Germany.[3][5]

Two hospitals are located in Be'er Ya'akov: Assaf HaRofeh Hospital (near Tzrifin), and Shmuel HaRofe Geriatric Hospital.



Be'er Ya'akov is served by the Be'er Ya'akov Railway Station, for trains on the Binyamina-Ashkelon line.


  1. ^ a b "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents and Other Rural Population" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2007-12-31. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Be'er Ya'akov" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  3. ^ a b Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 14.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "JNF_1948" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 76. ISBN 965-448-413-7. 
  5. ^ Kibbutz Buchenwald, Judy Baumel