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Gefen is located in Jerusalem, Israel
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
CouncilMateh Yehuda
AffiliationHapoel HaMizrachi
Founded byMoroccan Jews
Population (2017)[1]420

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 2017 it had a population of 420.[1]


The village was established in 1955 by Jewish immigrants from Morocco on land that had belonged to the depopulated Palestinian Arab village of Mughallis,[2] and was is named after Psalm 80:15: "God Almighty, look down from heaven and see; watch over this grapevine."[3]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 220. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ 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)