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Entrance to Hararit
Entrance to Hararit
Hararit is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°50′46″N 35°22′05″E / 32.84611°N 35.36806°E / 32.84611; 35.36806Coordinates: 32°50′46″N 35°22′05″E / 32.84611°N 35.36806°E / 32.84611; 35.36806
Council Misgav Regional Council
Founded 1980
Founded by Seagull group of meditators
Population (2015)[1] 412
Name meaning mountainous

Hararit (Hebrew: הֲרָרִית‎) (lit. "mountainous")[2] is a community settlement in Western Galilee, Israel. In 2015 it had a population of 412.


Hararit, located on the crest of Mount Netofa in the Lower Galilee, was established in 1980 as part of a government-sponsored project initiated by Labour party member Nissim Zvili.[3]It was part of a plan to bring more Jewish residents to the Galilee area.[3] It was settled by 60 families dedicated to the principles of Transcendental Meditation (TM)[4][5] but by the year 2000 the TM group was reported to be only half of its original population.[6] In 2008, there were 95 families living in Hararit.[7]

Archaeologists have discovered three large ancient water cisterns and the remains of agricultural terraces in the vicinity of Hararit. [8]


The economy is largely based on hitec, alternative medicine, tourism, with some of the residents operating bed and breakfast establishments.[6]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Hararit and Lavra Netofa
  3. ^ a b Gablinger, Tamar (2010). The Religious Melting Point: On Tolerance, Controversial Religions and The State. Germany: Tectum Verlag Marburg. pp. 81, 297, 301,. 
  4. ^ Eyal, Nadav, (3 Aug 2006) A new initiative in the Galilee: To beat Nasrallah by means of Transcendental Meditation, Jewish Agency for Israel
  5. ^ Hararit at the site of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee (Hebrew)
  6. ^ a b Zisling, Yael (Oct-Nov 2000) More Netofa: The Land of Olive Oil and Honey Gems in Israel, retrieved Sept 24, 2012
  7. ^ Corder, Mike (February 7, 2008). "Founder of TM movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, dies in The Netherlands. Israeli followers mourn passing of 'great teacher'". The Jerusalem Post. p. 06. 
  8. ^ Liebner Uzi, Settlement and History in Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Galilee retrieved Sept 26, 2012