Ora in 2007
|Founded by||Yemenite Jews|
Ora (Hebrew: אוֹרָה, lit. Radiance) is a moshav in central Israel. Located southwest of Jerusalem, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,301.
The village was established in 1950 by Jews from Yemen on land that had belonged to the depopulated Arab village of al-Jura. The residents initially lived in tents and by 1954 only thirteen families remained. However, in 1953 Percy Newman, a British Jewish industrialist, donated money to the Jewish National Fund for the purchase of 3,000 dunams for the moshav. Several North African Jews later joined the moshav.
Residents were given tracts of land allocated for poultry farming and continued to live in tents, without running water or electricity, until 1957. Before the establishment of Kiryat HaYovel, the closest neighborhood was Beit VeGan, which was reached on foot or by donkey.