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Nofekh is located in Israel
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.


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.


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


  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.