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שֹׁרֶשׁ, שורש
Shoresh is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Coordinates: 31°47′47.76″N 35°3′55.08″E / 31.7966000°N 35.0653000°E / 31.7966000; 35.0653000Coordinates: 31°47′47.76″N 35°3′55.08″E / 31.7966000°N 35.0653000°E / 31.7966000; 35.0653000
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation HaOved HaTzioni
Founded 1948
Founded by Eastern European Jewish immigrants
Area 7,500 dunams (7.5 km2 or 2.9 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1] 1,243
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)

Shoresh (Hebrew: שורש, שֹׁרֶשׁ‬, lit. Root) is a moshav shitufi in central Israel. Located five kilometres from Sha'ar HaGai in the Jerusalem corridor, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 1,243.[1]


On 15 April 1948, the Harel Brigade captured the Arab village of Saris overlooking the highway to Jerusalem. The strategic hilltop position had been used to fire on Jewish vehicles travelling on the road below.[2] Later that year, a group of immigrants from Eastern Europe founded a kibbutz on the site, adapting the name of Arab village. Four years later, it became a moshav. Today Shoresh operates a hotel, conference center and banquet hall.

In July 1995, a fire destroyed the moshav's poultry and orchard industries, damaged the hotel, and left over half the moshav members homeless.[3]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ The capture of Saris Palmach Information Centre
  3. ^ Moshav Shoresh: After the Fire The Jerusalem Post, 24 July 1995