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Elkosh is located in Northwest Israel
Coordinates: 33°1′59.62″N 35°19′21.82″E / 33.0332278°N 35.3227278°E / 33.0332278; 35.3227278Coordinates: 33°1′59.62″N 35°19′21.82″E / 33.0332278°N 35.3227278°E / 33.0332278; 35.3227278
District Northern
Council Ma'ale Yosef
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Yemenite Jews
Population (2016)[1] 309

Elkosh (Hebrew: אֶלְקוֹשׁ‬) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located near Ma'alot-Tarshiha and the Lebanese border, it falls under the jurisdiction of Ma'ale Yosef Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 309.[1]


The village was established in 1949 by immigrants from Yemen. It is located on the land of the Palestinian villages of Dayr al-Qassi and Al-Mansura, both were depopulated in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.[2]

It was named after the biblical city of Elkosh, birth-town of prophet Nahum (Nahum 1:1), which was located in the area. The founders were later joined by more immigrants from Kurdistan.[citation needed]