Yad Binyamin

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 2018 it had a population of 4,175.[1]

Yad Binyamin

יַד בִּנְיָמִין
Yad Binyamin Aerial View.jpg
Yad Binyamin is located in Central Israel
Yad Binyamin
Yad Binyamin
Yad Binyamin is located in 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
CouncilNahal Sorek
Name meaningBinyamin Memorial


Yad Binyamin cultural center

Yad Binyamin was founded on the land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Mukhayzin.[3] The land had been used as a 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.[4] It was named after the former Minister of Postal Services, Binyamin Mintz, who had died the previous year.[5] For many years, the community was a center of higher Jewish learning, based around the yeshiva.

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.[6] Many other families have moved to Netzer Hazani.[7]


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. In September of 2018, Israel Railways opened the nearby Kiryat Malachi-Yoav station, connecting the area to the Nahariyah–Beersheba line[8]. A number of Egged bus routes provide transport links to Jerusalem, Ashkelon, and other cities.


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  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. ^ Khalidi, W. (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.
  4. ^ http://www.homee.co.il/%D7%99%D7%93-%D7%91%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%9F/
  5. ^ Jung, Leo (1992). Schacter, Jacob J. (ed.). Reverence, Righteousness, and Rahamanut: Essays in Memory of Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung. J. Aronson. ISBN 9780876685914.
  6. ^ Lazaroff, Tovah; Cashman, Greer Fay (November 7, 2005). "1,100 evacuee families to stay together". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Shomron, Shifra (October 5, 2013). "New Beginnings: Netzer Harani". The Jewish Press. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "נפתחה תחנת הרכבת מלאכי יואב". מועצה אזורית נחל שורק (in Hebrew). 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2019-07-24.

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