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Village synagogue
Village synagogue
Nataf is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Coordinates: 31°49′56.28″N 35°4′4.44″E / 31.8323000°N 35.0679000°E / 31.8323000; 35.0679000Coordinates: 31°49′56.28″N 35°4′4.44″E / 31.8323000°N 35.0679000°E / 31.8323000; 35.0679000
CouncilMateh Yehuda
Population (2017)[1]429

Nataf (Hebrew: נָטָף‬, lit. Stacte) is a community settlement in central Israel. Located in the Judean Mountains, twelve miles west of Jerusalem, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 429.[1]


Its biblical name is derived from "one of the spices used in the Temple" (Exodus 30:34).[2][3]


According to Walid Khalidi, Nataf was founded in 1982 on land belonging to the depopulated Palestinian village of Bayt Thul,[4] less than 1 km south of the village site of Nitaf.[5] Village site states that Nataf was built on land bought from Arabs[6] According to Davar 40 Israeli families bought the land from Abu Ghosh Arabs.[7]

Nataf overlooks Nataf Valley, a popular hiking destination. Nataf spring is watered all year round and has a number of small freshwater pools. The name Nataf is of biblical origins and referred to the incense Stacte. Only 20% of the residents are Modern Orthodox; 80% of the residents are secular. The village has a unique unaffiliated synagogue with three sections for prayer: a men's section, a women's section and a mixed section. [6]


Nataf is situated on a ridge bounded by Kefira Valley to the north and Hamisha Valley to the south; the elevation is around 500m above MSL. It lies at the end of a 3-mile road that passes through Abu Ghosh.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.358, ISBN 965-220-186-3
  3. ^ Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p.47, ISBN 965-220-423-4 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 290. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  5. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 307
  6. ^ a b "נטף | אודות נטף". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  7. ^ "זמיר יהודה למשטרה: למנוע הקמת ישוב בנטף הדרושיפ הצעירים דז". Retrieved 2017-10-25.