Nofekh

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Nofekh
נֹפֶךְ
Nofekh is located in Israel
Nofekh
Nofekh
Coordinates: 32°2′39.84″N 34°55′13.44″E / 32.0444000°N 34.9204000°E / 32.0444000; 34.9204000Coordinates: 32°2′39.84″N 34°55′13.44″E / 32.0444000°N 34.9204000°E / 32.0444000; 34.9204000
District Central
Council Hevel Modi'in
Founded 1949
Founded by Moroccan immigrants
Population (2015)[1] 544

Nofekh (Hebrew: נֹפֶךְ, נופך‎) is a community settlement in central Israel. Located in the Shephelah, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 544.

Etymology[edit]

Its name is taken from one of the 12 stones in the Hoshen, the sacred breastplate worn by a Jewish high priest, mentioned in Exodus 28:18.[2] Nearby Shoham, Bareqet and Ahlama (the former name of Beit Arif) were also named after one of the stones.

History[edit]

The village was established by immigrants from Morocco in 1949 on the land of the depopulated Arab village of Rantiya.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.370, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All that Remains. Washington DC: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 252. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.