Elifaz, Israel

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Elifaz is located in Southern Negev region of Israel
Coordinates: 29°47′50.27″N 35°0′41.04″E / 29.7972972°N 35.0114000°E / 29.7972972; 35.0114000Coordinates: 29°47′50.27″N 35°0′41.04″E / 29.7972972°N 35.0114000°E / 29.7972972; 35.0114000
District Southern
Council Hevel Eilot
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1983
Founded by Nahal
Population (2017)[1] 150
Website www.elifaz.co.il

Elifaz (Hebrew: אֱלִיפַז‬) is a kibbutz in the Arava valley, near Eilat, in the far south of Israel. It is under the jurisdiction of the Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 150.[1]


Elifaz was founded in January 1983 by a group of Nahal members from Jerusalem, Bat Yam, Haifa and Nahariya. The kibbutz is affiliated with the Kibbutz HaArtzi movement. The name "Elifaz" was inspired by Eliphaz in the Book of Job (f.e. Job 2:11). In the Negev there are also kibbutzim with the names of the two other "friends" of Job; former Mahane Bildad, since 2001 named Tzukim, and Tzofar.

In 2012 it became the first kibbutz in Israel to accept Druze residents; Haza and Nibal Tafesh were unanimously approved as full-fledged members, making them the first Druze in Israel to join a kibbutz.[2]

In 2014, the solar energy developer Arava Power Company inaugurated six solar fields in the Arava and Negev, generating a total of 36 megawatts of electricity. One of these solar fields is in Kibbutz Elifaz.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "First Druze kibbutz members say they're 'enveloped with love'". Haaretz. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  3. ^ 6 new solar fields launched in Israel Globes, 7 April 2014

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