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Village entrance
Village entrance
Tzelafon is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Coordinates: 31°48′12.95″N 34°55′58.08″E / 31.8035972°N 34.9328000°E / 31.8035972; 34.9328000Coordinates: 31°48′12.95″N 34°55′58.08″E / 31.8035972°N 34.9328000°E / 31.8035972; 34.9328000
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1950
Founded by Yemenite Jews
Population (2015)[1] 907

Tzelafon (Hebrew: צְלָפוֹן‎) is a moshav in central Israel. Located to the north of Beit Shemesh, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 907.


The village was established in 1950 by immigrants from Yemen. They were later joined by more immigrants from Morocco, who arrived in Israel in 1955. It was named after the ancient city of Tzelafon, which was located in the area. The name is derived from Hazelelponi, who was, according to the Talmud, the mother of Samson.


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.