Nir Hen

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Nir Hen
נִיר חֵ"ן
Nir Hen is located in Israel
Nir Hen
Nir Hen
Coordinates: 31°36′35.27″N 34°42′55.07″E / 31.6097972°N 34.7152972°E / 31.6097972; 34.7152972Coordinates: 31°36′35.27″N 34°42′55.07″E / 31.6097972°N 34.7152972°E / 31.6097972; 34.7152972
District Southern
Council Lakhish
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1955–1956
Founded by Jewish refugees from North Africa
Population (2016)[1] 533
Name meaning Meadow of the 58

Nir Hen (Hebrew: נִיר חֵ"ן‎, lit. Meadow of the 58 (ח"ן is 58 in Gematria)) is a moshav in south-central Israel. Located in Hevel Lakhish between Ashkelon and Kiryat Gat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lakhish Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 533.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1956. Its name is in memory of the 58 passengers who traveled on El Al Flight 402 that was shot down over the skies of Bulgaria about a year before the community was founded. The community was originally settled by Jewish refugees from North Africa, and later other immigrants and native Israelis joined them.

The moshav was built, in part, on lands of a former Arab municipality,[citation needed] whose residents fled during the 1948 war.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017.