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Zar'it is located in Northwest Israel
Coordinates: 33°5′59.96″N 35°17′18.74″E / 33.0999889°N 35.2885389°E / 33.0999889; 35.2885389Coordinates: 33°5′59.96″N 35°17′18.74″E / 33.0999889°N 35.2885389°E / 33.0999889; 35.2885389
District Northern
Council Ma'ale Yosef
Founded 1967
Founded by Galilee moshavniks
Population (2016)[1] 256

Zar'it (Hebrew: זַרְעִית‬) is an moshav in northern Israel. Located in the Upper Galilee near the Lebanese border, it falls under the jurisdiction of Ma'ale Yosef Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 256.[1]


The moshav was established in 1967 by moshav residents from the Galilee as part of Operation Sof Sof, designed to strengthen Jewish presence in the Galilee. It was initially named Kfar Rosenwald (Rosenwald Village) after American philanthropist William Rosenwald. However, the foreign-sounding name of the village didn't sit well with its residents, so as a compromise, Yehuda Ziv, the head of community naming suggested an acronym incorporating Rosenwald's name within a Hebrew word, Zar'it (Zekher Rosenwald Imanu Yisha'er Tamid, lit. Rosenwald's memory will be with us always).[2]

The village was the site of Hezbollah's initial attack in the 2006 Lebanon War, and was subject to several rocket attacks.[3]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Moshav Zar'it, Western Galilee Galilee Development Authority
  3. ^ Seven soldiers dead - Israel retaliates Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2006