Yad Binyamin

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Yad Binyamin
יַד בִּנְיָמִין
Yad Binyamin Aerial View.jpg
Yad Binyamin is located in Central Israel
Yad Binyamin
Yad Binyamin
Coordinates: 31°47′49.92″N 34°49′16.68″E / 31.7972000°N 34.8213000°E / 31.7972000; 34.8213000Coordinates: 31°47′49.92″N 34°49′16.68″E / 31.7972000°N 34.8213000°E / 31.7972000; 34.8213000
District Central
Council Nahal Sorek
Founded 1962
Population (2016)[1] 3,936
Name meaning Binyamin Memorial

Yad Binyamin (Hebrew: יַד בִּנְיָמִין‬, lit. Binyamin Memorial)[2] is a community settlement in central Israel. The seat of Nahal Sorek Regional Council, it is located adjacent to the junction of three major highways: Highway 3, Highway 6, and Highway 7. In 2016 it had a population of 3,936.[1]

History

Yad Binyamin cultural center

Yad Binyamin was founded on the land of the Ma'abara Nativa which was abandoned as a religious settlement and educational center in 1962 by Poalei Agudat Yisrael, in partnership with the municipality of Nahal Sorek.[3] It was named after the former Minister of Postal Services, Binyamin Mintz, who had died the previous year.[4] For many years, the community was a center of higher Jewish learning, based around the yeshiva.[4]

Following the disengagement plan, around 200 families from Gush Katif moved into temporary pre-fabricated housing in Yad Binyamin. Some later moved to a new village named Ganei Tal after the former settlement by the same name.[5] Many other families have moved to Netzer Hazani.[6]

Transportation

Yad Binyamin is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the Re'em Junction on Highway 3, and one kilometer from the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 7. Israel Railways plans to upgrade the tracks of nearby Tel Aviv–Beersheba line and build a station at Kfar Menahem to serve the area, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2018.[7] A number of Egged bus routes provide transport links to Jerusalem, Ashkelon, and other cities.

References

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ For the derivation of "yad" (normally "hand") meaning a memorial, see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0021_0_21157.html
  3. ^ http://www.homee.co.il/%D7%99%D7%93-%D7%91%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%9F/
  4. ^ a b https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=a5vXAAAAMAAJ&q=%22yad+binyamin%22+memorial&dq=%22yad+binyamin%22+memorial&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj30LTYm6jRAhXcN1AKHTThD0MQ6AEILzAD
  5. ^ "1,100 evacuee families to stay together". The Jerusalem Post. 7 November 2005. 
  6. ^ Shomron, Shifra (5 October 2013). "New Beginnings: Netzer Harani". Jewish Press. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kfar Menachem Train Station". ויקיפדיה (in Hebrew). 2016-10-01. 

External links

  • Official website
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