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Shomria is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°25′54.83″N 34°53′6.36″E / 31.4318972°N 34.8851000°E / 31.4318972; 34.8851000Coordinates: 31°25′54.83″N 34°53′6.36″E / 31.4318972°N 34.8851000°E / 31.4318972; 34.8851000
District Southern
Council Bnei Shimon
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1985
Founded by Nahal
Population (2015)[1] 623

Shomria (Hebrew: שׁוֹמְרִיָּה‎) is a religious kibbutz in southern Israel. Located near Lehavim, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bnei Shimon Regional Council. In 2015, it had a population of 623.[1]


Shomria was first established as a Nahal settlement. In 1985, it became a civilian kibbutz inhabited by members of the left-wing Hashomer Hatzair movement. This was a period of great hardship, even for long-established kibbutzim, and Shomria was not able to develop economically, nor to attract enough members. Following the implementation of the Gaza disengagement plan in 2005, its members were offered to vacate the entire place in exchange for compensation, so that Shomria could be offered as a new home for settlers evacuated from the Gaza Strip. The kibbutz members agreed, and 60 families from the former settlement of Bnei Atzmon moved to Shomria in 2006. The new community fared well economically, and more evacuees joined. Around 2010, Shomria started moving towards renewed membership in the kibbutz movement, despite some ideological differences.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Gov't yet to begin homebuilding for some Gaza evacuees Haaretz, 25 September 2006
  3. ^ Former Gaza settlers seek to join the kibbutz movement Haaretz, 24 December 2010
  4. ^ Kibbutz Shomria handed over to evacuees Ynetnews, 12 March 2006