Ahuzam

Ahuzam
אֲחֻזָּם, אחוזם
أحوزام
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • unofficialAhuzzam
Etymology: Biblical character
Ahuzam is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Ahuzam
Ahuzam
Coordinates: 31°33′14″N 34°46′11″E / 31.55389°N 34.76972°E / 31.55389; 34.76972
CountryIsrael
CouncilLakhish
RegionHevel Lakhish
Founded30 October 1950
Founded byMoroccan Ma'agalim Members
Population
 (2021)
552[1]

Ahuzam, or Ahuzzam (Hebrew: אֲחֻזָּם) is a moshav in southern Israel. Located around five kilometres south of Kiryat Gat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lakhish Regional Council. In 2021 its population was 552.[1]

Etymology

The moshav was originally named Ma'agalim but renamed after the biblical Ahuzam, son of Ashur, the father or founder of Tekoa, who may have lived in this area (1 Book of Chronicles 4:6).[2]

History

Ahuzam was founded on 30 October 1950 by Jewish immigrants from Morocco, members of the Ma'agalim society. It was associated with the Hapoel HaMizrachi movement,[3] but is now a mixed religious and secular community.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 29. ISBN 965-448-413-7.
  3. ^ Vilnai, Ze'ev. "Ahuzam". Ariel Encyclopedia (in Hebrew). Vol. 1. Israel: Sifriyat HaSade. p. 101.
  4. ^ "Or movement: Ahuzam". Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
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