• Yakir

    300 families

    Tel. 09-7923243
    Fax 09-7923025
    Mailing address: Yakir, D.N. Lev HaShomron, 44843
    e-mail: yakir@yakir.org.il

    Community activists:
    Community rabbi: Rabbi Aharon Cohen
    Head of Secretariat: Assaf Katz
    Assembly member: Yitzchak Egozi
    Secretary: Meir Stern
    Military Security Coordinator: Yair Atari
    Community Coordinator: Sarit Ben Moshe
    Absorption Coordinator: Shai Waldman
    Librarian: Aviva Dreizin
    Youth Coordinator: Yonat Chadashi
    Community Emergency Team: Elisheva Ronen
    Spokesperson: Kobi Butboul
    Mikve attendants: Yaffa Rest, Iris Meyuchas, Ahuva Yosopov

    Settlement movement: Amana.

    Established in 1981, with single-family permanent dwellings.

    Location: Central Samaria, Road #5066 – From the Heres junction (greater Yakir junction), Road 505/506 north to 5066/506 junction.

    Geographic description:
    The community’s location is in western Samaria, near the road linking the “Road of Life” (Trans-Samaria Highway) with the Kfar Saba-Kalkilya-Shechem road, on the southern ridge of Wadi Kana.

    On the hill south of the Karnei Shomron bloc and west of the city of Immanuel. Located 420 m. above sea level, in a high-altitude region. The deep and curved Kana river north of Yakir is one of the prettiest rivers in Samaria. On both sides of the hills and their slopes, a developed grove of typically Israeli Mediterranean oak trees has been preserved, The whole region is one large nature reserve that includes within itself the Jebel Avrad nature reserve, near Nofim. In the reserve there are many walking trails, the most famous of them along the river bed from Karnei Shomron to Immanuel.

    Yakir’s story:
    The source of the town’s name is from Jeremiah: “Ephraim, the son who is dear to me”, and in memory of Air Force pilot Yakir Naveh z”l, who fell in the line of duty and was not brought for burial in Israel.

    Founded in Adar I, 5741 (February 1981) by a group of religious families who organized to form a religious communal settlement in western Samaria for the purpose of settling an area devoid of Jews and to create a just society. Its location was decided by Uri Braun z”l. Renewed paving of the Trans-Wadi Kana highway by the Ministry of Defense has allowed for the establishment of a bloc of settlements: Yakir, Nofim and Immanuel, in an unsettled and remote region.

    Nachal Kana, flowing from north of Yakir, was the border between the Tribes of Menashe (north of the river) and Ephraim (south of it). “And the border of Nachal Kana… extended southwards to Ephraim and north to Menashe” (Joshua 17). In the river valley there are flowing fountains, streams, natural greenery and settlements of several Arab families from the village of Dir Istia, in a small offshoot village.

    In the area of Nachal Kana and its mountainous, wooded surroundings, hid gangs of Arab rioters in the 1930’s. From there they would emerge into the coastal plain, attack Jews and the British and return to hide in an area that was not approachable to vehicles, until in 1939 the British, by way of the Afar Madir-Istia path broke into Jinspot, which crossed Wadi Kana. On this path the new highway was paved, which led to Jewish settlement in an untamed and unknown region.

    Educational Institutions:
    Boarding school, kindergartens, state religious elementary school

    Public buildings:
    Central synagogue with 4 different minyans (Ashkenazi, Yemenite, Sephardi)
    Member’s social club
    Youth club
    Bnei Akiva branch

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