Beit Hanan

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Beit Hanan
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Beit Hanan is located in Central Israel
Beit Hanan
Beit Hanan
Coordinates: 31°56′4.19″N 34°46′22.07″E / 31.9344972°N 34.7727972°E / 31.9344972; 34.7727972Coordinates: 31°56′4.19″N 34°46′22.07″E / 31.9344972°N 34.7727972°E / 31.9344972; 34.7727972
District Central
Council Gan Raveh
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1929
Founded by Bulgarian immigrants
Population (2016)[1] 569

Beit Hanan (Hebrew: בֵּית חָנָן‬) is a moshav in central Israel. Located around two kilometers west of Ness Ziona, it falls under the jurisdiction of Gan Raveh Regional Council. In 2016 its population was 569.[1]


Founded during the Hanukkah holiday of 1929 by Jewish immigrants from Bulgaria, Beit Hanan was the first Jewish agricultural community to be established after the 1929 Palestine riots. The name is taken from the Bible, specifically (1 Kings 4:9). According to a census conducted in 1931 by the British Mandate authorities, Beit Hanan had a population of 178 inhabitants, in 50 houses.[2]

In 2007, Beit Hanan had 750 acres (3.0 km2) of farmland. The main economic branches are eggs, orchards (pecan, citrus, avocado, mango, anona and olives) and greenhouses (flowers, vegetables and seedlings). The moshav also has banquet facilities on the grounds of a historic home.

A Greek-inscribed mosaic floor was discovered within the boundaries of the moshav. A rare species of red iris grows west of the moshav, in a wild flower reserve stretching over 8 acres (32,000 m2).


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 18

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