Beit Hilkia (Hebrew: בֵּית חִלְקִיָּה, lit. House of Hilkia) is a Haredi moshav in central Israel. Located in the Shephelah near Gedera, it falls under the jurisdiction of Nahal Sorek Regional Council. In 2021 it had a population of 1,446.[1]

Beit Hilkia
בֵּית חִלְקִיָּה
Beit Hilkia Aerial View.jpg
Beit Hilkia is located in Central Israel
Beit Hilkia
Beit Hilkia
Beit Hilkia is located in Israel
Beit Hilkia
Beit Hilkia
Coordinates: 31°47′27″N 34°48′44″E / 31.79083°N 34.81222°E / 31.79083; 34.81222
Country Israel
CouncilNahal Sorek
AffiliationPoalei Agudat Yisrael
Founded byFormer Jerusalem and ma'abarot residents


The village was established in 1953 by former residents of Jerusalem and ma'abarot who wanted to combine a Haredi and agricultural lifestyle. It is named after Hilkia, the father of the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:1).[2][3][4]

It was established on land that had belonged to the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Mukhayzin.[5]


In 2015, a salvage excavation brought to light a prehistoric site near Beit Hilkia and the Revivim quarry, with findings from the Pottery Neolithic (Yarmukian), Late Chalcolithic, and the Middle Bronze Age IIA–IIB.[6] Somewhat surprising was the discovery of a typical Yarmukian-style fired clay figurine of a fertility goddess, the southernmost such finding.[6] Of 163 found up to that date, the vast majority had been discovered in the main area known for its Yarmukian settlements, in and around the northern type-site of Sha'ar HaGolan, with just two exceptions further to the south.[6] This new finding led to speculations that much of the Southern Levant might have been inhabited by a contiguous civilization during the time (c. 6400–6000 BCE), with differences in pottery types being more significant to today's archaeologists than to people living back then.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ Carta (1993). Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land (3rd ed.). Carta. p. 111. ISBN 965-220-186-3.
  3. ^ Place Names in Israel. A Compendium of Place Names in Israel compiled from various sources, p256
  4. ^ Bitan, Channah (1999). חמישים שנות התיישבות : אטלס שמות היישובים והמקומות בישראל [Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut:' Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel] (in Hebrew). Carta. p. 10. ISBN 9789652204233.
  5. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, p. 398, ISBN 0-88728-224-5
  6. ^ a b c d Marmelstein, Yitzhak; van den Brink, Edwin C.M. (26 July 2020). "Bet Hilqiya: Preliminary report". Hadashot Arkheologiyot. Jerusalem: Israel Antiquities Authority. 132. Retrieved 26 May 2021.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)