"Welcome to Kokhav Ya'akov"
|District||Judea and Samaria Area|
|Name meaning||Star of Jacob|
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, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 7,394.
According to ARIJ Israel confiscated 2,037 dunams of land from the Palestinian village of Kafr 'Aqab[non-primary source needed]in addition to confiscating land from the Palestinian town of Burqa 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.
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.
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