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Kokhav Ya'akov

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Kokhav Ya'akov

כּוֹכַב יַעֲקֹב
Entrance sign: "Welcome to Kokhav Ya'akov"
Entrance sign:
"Welcome to Kokhav Ya'akov"
Kokhav Ya'akov is located in the Central West Bank
Kokhav Ya'akov
Kokhav Ya'akov
Coordinates: 31°52′48.71″N 35°14′44.51″E / 31.8801972°N 35.2456972°E / 31.8801972; 35.2456972Coordinates: 31°52′48.71″N 35°14′44.51″E / 31.8801972°N 35.2456972°E / 31.8801972; 35.2456972
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilMateh Binyamin
RegionWest Bank
Name meaningStar of Jacob
Kokhav Ya'akov from the east, Tel Tzion in distance

Kokhav Ya'akov (Hebrew: כּוֹכַב יַעֲקֹב, lit. Star of Jacob) is a religious Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located between Ramah in Benjamin and Beit El near al-Bireh about 10 minutes away by car from the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Yaakov,[2][3] it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 7,687.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[4][5][6]


According to ARIJ Israel confiscated 2,037 dunams of land from the Palestinian village of Kafr 'Aqab[7] in addition to confiscating land from the Palestinian town of Burqa[8] in order to construct Kokhav Ya'akov.

The settlement was established in 1985 by the Amana settlement movement, and was initially named Abir Ya'akov after rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira. In 1988, its name was changed to Kokhav Ya'akov.[citation needed]

The Haredi neighborhood of Tel Zion, established in 1990, is part of the village. Its community boasts of over 800 families, including a large growing Litvish segment. The Yishuv is headed by the warm Rabbi Avraham Goldberg.[9] A recent[when?] housing project was launched to attract new members, and over 100 apartments have been occupied. Two new Kollelim have been established under the directive of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky. Rabbi Noe is the leader of the younger members, together with full support of Rabbi Goldberg.[clarification needed]

Yemen Gallery

In March 2013 a heritage and tourism site promoting the legacy of Yemenite Jewry opened in Kokhav Ya'akov. Founded by Shoham Simchi, the Yemen Gallery (Hebrew: החצר התימנית‎) houses an art gallery and a workshop that recreates the life of Yemen's Jews. The building itself is designed in the spirit of traditional Yemenite architecture.[10][11]

Notable residents


  1. ^ "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Judy Lash Balint (2007). Jerusalem Diaries II: What's Really What's Really Happening in Israel. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Army Blocking Jewish Settlers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 27, 1995. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. December 10, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Amy Teibel (14 March 2012). "Israel asks court delay uprooting settler outpost". The Seattle Times. Associated Press.
  6. ^ Juliane von Mittelstaedt (17 August 2009). "Creeping Construction Boom: Jewish Settlements Threaten Viability of Palestinian State". Der Spiegel.
  7. ^ Kafr 'Aqab village profile, ARIJ, p. 15
  8. ^ Burqa Village profile, ARIJ
  9. ^ Rotem, Tamar. "The price is right". Haaretz. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  10. ^ Moshe, Benny (5 March 2013). מיזם חדש בבנימין: החצר התימנית [New initiative in Binyamin: The Yemen Gallery]. Arutz Sheva (in Hebrew). Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  11. ^ Moshe, Benny (18 March 2013). בבנימין נחנך מיזם המורשת 'החצר התימנית' [New heritage initiative launched in Binyamin: The Yemen Gallery]. Arutz Sheva (in Hebrew). Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Beijing Taekwondo: Israel's Bat-El Gatterer hits the fast track". The Telegraph. July 31, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "Taekwondo et Cacheroute" (in French). Israel Infos. August 15, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  14. ^ "Little Bat-El aims for taekwondo gold". Haaretz. April 2, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2011.

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