Be'er Ya'akov

Be'er Ya'akov
  • בְּאֵר יַעֲקֹב
  • بئر يعقوب
Hebrew transcription(s)
  ISO 259 Bˀer Yaˁqob
  Also spelled Be'er Ya'aqov (official)

Be'er Ya'akov
Coordinates: 31°56′33.14″N 34°50′1.5″E / 31.9425389°N 34.833750°E / 31.9425389; 34.833750Coordinates: 31°56′33.14″N 34°50′1.5″E / 31.9425389°N 34.833750°E / 31.9425389; 34.833750
District Central
Founded 1907
  Type Local council (from 1949)
  Head of Municipality Nissim Gozlan
  Total 8,580 dunams (8.58 km2 or 3.31 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
  Total 18,401
Name meaning Jacob's well

Be'er Ya'akov (Hebrew: בְּאֵר יַעֲקֹב, lit. Jacob's Well; Arabic: بئر يعقوب) is a town with local council status in central Israel, near Ness Ziona and Rishon Lezion. The town has an area of 8,580 dunams (~8.6 km²),[2] and had a population of 18,401 in 2015.


Established in 1907, Be'er Ya'akov was named after Ya'akov Yitzhaki, a rabbi and Jewish pioneer, from the Mountain Jews community.[3] According to a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Be'er Ya'akov had 131 inhabitants.,[4] which had increased in the 1931 census to 265 residents, in 58 houses.[5] By 1947 it had a population of 400.[6] It achieved local council status in 1949.

During the 1948 Arab–Israeli war, and until the Israeli capture of Ramla in July 1948, Be'er Ya'akov was in the front line. The population at that time was evacuated and a new settlement, Be'er Shalom, was established nearby by members of Kibbutz Buchenwald, the first pioneer training group formed in post-World War II Germany.[7][8]

Two hospitals are located in Be'er Ya'akov: Assaf HaRofeh Hospital (near Tzrifin), and Shmuel HaRofe Geriatric Hospital.



Be'er Ya'akov is served by the Be'er Ya'akov Railway Station, for trains on the Binyamina-Ashkelon line.

Notable residents


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Be'er Ya'akov" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
  3. HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 76. ISBN 965-448-413-7.
  4. Mills, 1932, p. 18
  5. Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 14.
  6. Jewish National Fund, p191
  7. Kibbutz Buchenwald, Judy Baumel Bar Ilan University
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