Beit Arif

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Beit Arif
בֵּית עָרִיף
Beit Arif is located in Israel
Beit Arif
Beit Arif
Coordinates: 31°59′40.92″N 34°55′59.88″E / 31.9947000°N 34.9333000°E / 31.9947000; 34.9333000Coordinates: 31°59′40.92″N 34°55′59.88″E / 31.9947000°N 34.9333000°E / 31.9947000; 34.9333000
District Central
Council Hevel Modi'in
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Bulgarian immigrants
Population (2015)[1] 1,112

Beit Arif (Hebrew: בֵּית עָרִיף‎, lit. House of Cloud) is a moshav in central Israel. Located near Shoham, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,112.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1949 by immigrants from Bulgaria on the ruins of the depopulated Arab village of Dayr Tarif (the Romans referred to Dayr Tarif as Bethariph).[2][3] It was originally named Ahlama (Hebrew: אחלמה‎) (Exodus 28:19), after one of the twelve stones in the Hoshen, the sacred breastplate worn by a Jewish high priest. Two other nearby settlements, Bareket, Shoham and Nofekh, are also named after such stones.

In the early 1950s some immigrants from Yemen arrived in the area, and built homes about half a kilometre away. After disagreements between the two groups, the original residents left and moved to Ginaton (a moshav also founded by Bulgarian immigrants) in 1953.[4]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 379. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. 
  3. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p. 108, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
  4. ^ Place Names in Israel. A Compendium of Place Names in Israel compiled from various sources, Israel Prime Minister’s Office. The Israeli Program for Scientific Translations 1962, pp27–28