Gefen

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This article is about the moshav. For other uses, see Geffen.
Gefen
Gefen is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Gefen
Gefen
Coordinates: 31°44′26.88″N 34°52′41.51″E / 31.7408000°N 34.8781972°E / 31.7408000; 34.8781972Coordinates: 31°44′26.88″N 34°52′41.51″E / 31.7408000°N 34.8781972°E / 31.7408000; 34.8781972
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation Hapoel HaMizrachi
Founded 1955
Founded by Moroccan Jews
Population (2015)[1] 384

Gefen (Hebrew: גֶּפֶן‎, lit. Grapevine) is a moshav in central Israel. Located between Beit Shemesh and Kiryat Malakhi, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 384.

History[edit]

The village was established in 1955 by immigrants from Morocco. It is named after Psalm 80:15: "God Almighty, look down from heaven and see; watch over this grapevine."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Yizhaqi, Arie (ed.): Madrich Israel (Israel Guide: An Encyclopedia for the Study of the Land), Vol.9: Judaea, Jerusalem 1980, Keter Press, p.379 (Hebrew)