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Entrance to the kibbutz
Entrance to the kibbutz
Yahel is located in Israel
Coordinates: 30°5′2.75″N 35°7′44.76″E / 30.0840972°N 35.1291000°E / 30.0840972; 35.1291000Coordinates: 30°5′2.75″N 35°7′44.76″E / 30.0840972°N 35.1291000°E / 30.0840972; 35.1291000
District Southern
Council Hevel Eilot
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1977
Founded by Reform movement
Population (2016)[1] 192
Website www.yahel.co.il

Yahel (Hebrew: יַהֵל‎) is a Reform kibbutz in southern Israel. Located in the Arabah region of the Negev desert, 60 kilometers from the city of Eilat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 192.[1]


Established in 1977, it was the first kibbutz founded by the Reform movement. The name is symbolic and means "(he) will put up a tent". It comes from the Book of Job (Job 13:20).[2]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 393. ISBN 965-448-413-7. 

Further reading[edit]

  • William F.S. Miles. Zion in the desert: American Jews in Israel’s Reform Kibbutzim. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2007.

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