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; 34.76972Coordinates: 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
 (2019)
547[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 2019 its population was 547.[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 "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  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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