Ben Shemen Youth Village

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Ben Shemen Youth Village

כפר הנוער בן שמן
Skyline of Ben Shemen Youth Village
Ben Shemen Youth Village is located in Central Israel
Ben Shemen Youth Village
Ben Shemen Youth Village
Coordinates: 31°57′32.47″N 34°55′40.19″E / 31.9590194°N 34.9278306°E / 31.9590194; 34.9278306Coordinates: 31°57′32.47″N 34°55′40.19″E / 31.9590194°N 34.9278306°E / 31.9590194; 34.9278306
DistrictCentral
CouncilHevel Modi'in
Founded1927
Founded bySiegfried Lehmann
Population
 (2017)[1]
630
Websitewww.ben-shemen.org.il

Ben Shemen Youth Village (Hebrew: כפר הנוער בן שמן‎, Kfar HaNo'ar Ben Shemen) is a youth village and agricultural boarding school in central Israel. Located near Ben Shemen and Ginaton, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 630.[1]

History[edit]

Ben Shemen youth village, 1920s-30s

The village was established in 1927 on the land of the Hadid factory by Siegfried Lehman. Its aim was to endow children with a Zionist ethic, teach them to work the land, and install an appreciation of responsibility. The school's first students were from Kaunas in Lithuania.

In 1947, it had a population of roughly 1,000.[2] During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the isolated village was under siege by the Arab Legion; eleven youths were killed in one attempt to bring in supplies.[2]

Notable graduates include Shimon Peres, Shulamit Aloni, Moshe Katsav, Dan Ben Amotz, Micha Tomkiewicz, Amitai Etzioni, and Haim Saban. Today, it has around 1,000 students, of which 400 live in the village.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 16.

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