Omer, Israel

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  • עֹומֶר, עומר
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 ʕomr
Omer, Israel 1.jpg
Official logo of Omer
Omer is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°15′51.48″N 34°50′48.9″E / 31.2643000°N 34.846917°E / 31.2643000; 34.846917Coordinates: 31°15′51.48″N 34°50′48.9″E / 31.2643000°N 34.846917°E / 31.2643000; 34.846917
District Southern
 • Type Local council
 • Head of Municipality Pini Badash
 • Total 20,126 dunams (20.1 km2 or 7.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,080
Name meaning Sheaf

Omer (Hebrew: עֹמֶר) is an upscale town in the South District of Israel, bordering Beersheba. It is located on Highway 60, between Beersheba and the Shoket Junction.


Omer movie theater and soldiers' club

Omer, originally known as Hevrona, was founded as a kibbutz in 1949. The early residents were demobilized Palmach soldiers. In 1951, it became a cooperative village known as Eilata. In 1953, it was re-established as a communal moshav by immigrants from Hungary and Romania and renamed Omer. The name is based on a verse from the book of Leviticus.[2]

In 1957, residents of the ma'abarot in the vicinity moved to Omer. In 1962, it was renamed Tomer and became a neighborhood of Beersheba. Since 1974, it has been an independent town and suburb of Beersheba.[2]

Pini Badash has served as mayor since 1990. In 2010, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the population of Omer was 6,593.[1] Omer's jurisdiction is 20,126 dunams (~20.1 km²).


Omer is known for its high socio-economic ranking. It is one of three municipalities to score 10/10, along with Kokhav Yair and Savyon.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Localities File 2010" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 769. ISBN 965-448-413-7. 
  3. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Omer" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved March 7, 2008. 

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