• Hermesh 

    63 families

    Tel. 04-6343694
    Fax 04-6343481
    Mailing address: Hermesh, D.N. Northern Shomron, 44895
    e-mail: hermesh9@netvision.net.il 

    Community activists
    Community rabbi: Rabbi Uziel Reuven
    Chairperson of Secretariat: Yaron Mizrachi
    Secretary: Eli Haritan
    Military Security Coordinator: David Shefler
    Community Coordinator: Yaffa Rubin
    Absorption Coordinator: Pesach Rubin
    Librarian: Yaffa Rubin
    Youth Coordinator: Hagai Turjeman

    About Hermesh:
    Secular communal settlement. Founding movement: Herut and Beitar. Established in 1983. The community contains permanent single-family dwellings and currently numbers 63 families, and in the future 190 families are expected. Located on the highway at the Ara junction, Road #65, south via Katzir, Road #596.

    Geographic description:
    The community is located in the northern block of the Regional Council’s settlements, about 7 km. east of Baka-al-Garbia. In northwestern Samaria, on the Mevo Dotan-Hadera road, about 27 km. from Hadera. Approached via Baka-al-Garbia-Mevo Dotan road. A new road is currently being paved which will shorten the road to the Nachal Iron highway (Road #65), and will not pass through Arab villages. Hermesh is located on the mountain spur near the route from Emek Dotan to the coastal plain. The area is flat. Climate is temperate and comfortable.

    Hermesh’s story:
    The source of the community’s name is an ancient harvesting tool called as such in the context of the cornfields common to the region. The settlement began as a Nachal post, turned into a civilian settlement in 1984. The main consideration for locating the community there was the creation of a “buffer settlement”
    in northwestern Samaria along the old ceasefire line (the “Green Line”), as well as expanding Jewish settlement in northern Samaria and along the Emek Dotan-Hadera road.

    On the way from Emek Dotan to the coastal plain, a Roman road ran from Caesaria on the coastline to Ginai, which is Jenin, and its remains can be seen today. East of Hermesh – Mt. Samara, the ruins of a Jewish settlement from the beginning of the Second Temple period, connected to Hirbat Hamam, identified as “Nirbata” – a Jewish center in this area of Samaria during the Second Temple period. There are impressive archaeological ruins, especially those of a Roman siege reminding us of the battle of Masada. North of Hermesh – Hirbat Perseben, which has the ruins of a settlement from the Israeli settlement period and a church from the Byzantine era. This village was completely abandoned by its rsidents in the 20th century; the last 12 residents were counted in a census in 1945.

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