|• ISO 259||Qiryat Yˁarim|
|• Also spelled||Kiryat Yearim (unofficial)|
Beth midrash in Kiryat Ye'arim
|• Type||Local council|
|Name meaning||Town of forests|
According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), at the end of 2005 Kiryat Ye'arim had a population of 3,100, predominantly Jewish, with a growth rate of 1.2%. It is a Haredi town with a high percentage of immigrants from North America, Europe and South Africa.
Kiryat Ye'arim is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of Jerusalem, just north of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway. Neighboring Kiryat Ye'arim to the northeast is the Arab town of Abu Ghosh. Kiryat Ye'arim is between 661.8 and 749.5 meters above sea level.
Kiryat Ye'arim (Town of Forests) is named for Kiriath-Jearim mentioned in the Bible in relation to King David's transport of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Here the Ark was said to have rested for 20 years. David then removed it to Jerusalem (I Chronicles 13, 5-8). There are those who believe that a nearby tell is the remains of the biblical town. Another theory is that the biblical town is the present Abu Ghosh. The name Telz-Stone was in honor of American Greetings founder-chairman Irving I. Stone, who gave generously in the village's founding.
- "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Kiryat Ye'arim" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
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