• שֹׁהַם
  • شوهم
Hebrew transcription(s)
  ISO 259 Šohm

Coordinates: 31°59′48″N 34°56′34″E / 31.99667°N 34.94278°E / 31.99667; 34.94278Coordinates: 31°59′48″N 34°56′34″E / 31.99667°N 34.94278°E / 31.99667; 34.94278
District Central
Founded 1993
  Type Local council (from 1993)
  Head of Municipality Gil Livneh
  Total 5,889 dunams (5.889 km2 or 2.274 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
  Total 20,403

Shoham (Hebrew: שֹׁהַם, lit. onyx) is a town (local council) in the Central District of Israel founded in 1993. Like Nofekh, Bareket and Ahlama (the former name of Beit Arif) nearby, the name relates to one of the 12 stones in the Hoshen, the sacred breastplate worn by a Jewish high priest (Exodus 28:20).[2] In 2015 it had a population of 20,403. Its jurisdiction is 5,889 dunams (~5.9 km2).[3]


Mayors of Shoham:

  1. Dov Shayish, 1993–1998 (appointed)
  2. Shachar Ben Ami, 1998–2003
  3. Gil Livneh, 2003–present


In the 2009–2010 school year, Shoham ranked top in the country in percentage of high school students passing the Bagrut matriculation exams.[4]

Notable residents


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p. 66, ISBN 965-220-423-4 (Hebrew)
  3. "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Shoham" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  4. דו"ח הזכאים לבגרויות: שוהם במקום הראשון, בני ברק בתחתית [Report matriculation graduates: Shoham in first place, Bnei Brak last]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). 24 June 2010.

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