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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 (2015)[1] 182
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 miles from the city of Eilat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 182.[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 Isaiah (Isaiah 13:20).[2]


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