Nirit

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Nirit
נִירִית
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Nirit is located in Israel
Nirit
Nirit
Coordinates: 32°8′38.04″N 34°58′58.79″E / 32.1439000°N 34.9829972°E / 32.1439000; 34.9829972Coordinates: 32°8′38.04″N 34°58′58.79″E / 32.1439000°N 34.9829972°E / 32.1439000; 34.9829972
Council Drom HaSharon
Region Sharon
Founded 1982
Population (2010) 1,132
Name meaning named after an indigenous plant
Website http://www.nirit.org.il/

Nirit (Hebrew: נִירִית) is a communal settlement in central Israel. Located near Matan and the Horashim forest, it falls under the jurisdiction of Drom HaSharon Regional Council. As of 2010 it had a registered population of 1,132.[1]

The village is named after an indigenous plant, Ridolfia segetum, growing nearby. It was founded on January 19, 1982[2] and expanded twice, once in 1986-1988 and again in 2000. Until 1986 there were only 15 families in temporary buildings, and nowadays it grew to about 240 families. In 2005 a new neighborhood named Nof Hasharon was built adjacent to Nirit. This neighborhood is located just outside the Green Line, actually belongs to the settlement Alfei Menashe, but in reality merged with Nirit for all intent and purpose.

The community is managed by elected committees, whose members are volunteers.

The communal character of Nirit is expressed by an active cultural life, events, and close ties between the residents.

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