Elyakhin

Elyakhin (Hebrew: אֶלְיָכִין) is a town and local council in the Central District of Israel. Located just south of Hadera and bordering the Emek Hefer Regional Council, it is accessible by local road 5812. With a jurisdiction of 1,600 dunams,[2] it had a population of 3,486 in 2018.

Elyakhin

  • אֶלְיָכִין
  • أليخين
Elyakhin is located in Central Israel
Elyakhin
Elyakhin
Coordinates: 32°24′30.69″N 34°55′28.77″E / 32.4085250°N 34.9246583°E / 32.4085250; 34.9246583Coordinates: 32°24′30.69″N 34°55′28.77″E / 32.4085250°N 34.9246583°E / 32.4085250; 34.9246583
DistrictCentral
Founded1950
Government
 • TypeLocal council (from 1977)
 • Head of MunicipalityMoti Hai
Area
 • Total1,660 dunams (1.66 km2 or 410 acres)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total3,486
 • Density2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
Name meaningGod will prepare

HistoryEdit

Elyakhin was founded in 1950 as an immigrant transient camp (ma'abara) near the ruins of the Palestinian village Khirbat Zalafa.[3] It has a symbolic name, meaning "God will prepare", i.e. God prepared the land for the settlement of Jewish immigrants.[4] The ma'abara eventually became an agricultural community (moshav), settled entirely by immigrants from Yemen.

Geography and structureEdit

Elyakhin is bordered by Hadera in the north and the Hefer Valley Regional Council in the south. The adjacent villages in the regional council are Herev Le'et, Hibat Tzion and Givat Haim (Ihud). Elyakhin's average elevation is 30 meters (98 ft).[4]

Elyakhin consists of the eastern part of the town, as well as three western neighborhoods – HaAlonim, HaShikmim and HaOranim.

Public structuresEdit

Elyakhin has 11 synagogues, five of which are adjacent and located in the center of the town. Three more are located on the sides of HaBanim Park on the eastern part.

Elyakhin also has a community center and public library in the town's center.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Elyakhin" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  3. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 40. ISBN 965-448-413-7.
  4. ^ a b Vilnai, Ze'ev (1976). "Kaukab". Ariel Encyclopedia (in Hebrew). Volume 1. Israel: Am Oved. p. 188.