Beit She'arim

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Beit She'arim
Beit She'arim is located in Israel
Beit She'arim
Beit She'arim
Coordinates: 32°41′46.31″N 35°10′38.28″E / 32.6961972°N 35.1773000°E / 32.6961972; 35.1773000Coordinates: 32°41′46.31″N 35°10′38.28″E / 32.6961972°N 35.1773000°E / 32.6961972; 35.1773000
District Northern
Council Jezreel Valley
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1926
Founded by Yugoslav immigrants
Population (2015)[1] 747

Beit She'arim (Hebrew: בֵּית שְׁעָרִים‎, lit. House of Gates) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located in the Galilee near Ramat Yishai, it falls under the jurisdiction of Jezreel Valley Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 747.[1]

Moshav Beit She'arim is named after the ancient town of Bet She'arayim, also known as Bet She'arim,[2] the remains of which are in Beit She'arim National Park, five kilometers east of the moshav.[3]


During the 1920s Luise Lea Zaloscer and her sister Klara Barmaper organized the purchase of the site on behalf of the Jewish National Fund in Yugoslavia. In 1926 a group of immigrants from Yugoslavia settled in the place and established a moshav, taking the name from the ancient city of Beit She'arim, the ruins of which are today a national park that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015.[4] Due to economic hardships the majority of the first settlers left in the 1930s, and in 1936 the moshav was re-established by members of HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed, immigrants from Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe.

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  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Sharon, Moshe (2004), Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, Vol. III, D-F; page XXXVII [1]
  3. ^ Modern Bet She'arim Jewish Virtual Library
  4. ^ "Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal". UNESCO. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Col. Betser, Moshe "Muki"; Rosenberg, Robert (1996). Secret Soldier. London: Simon & Schuster. pp. 27, 28. 

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