Omer, Israel

Local council (from 1949)
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259ʕomr
Omer, Israel 1.jpg
Omer is located in Northern Negev region of Israel
Omer is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°15′51″N 34°50′49″E / 31.26417°N 34.84694°E / 31.26417; 34.84694Coordinates: 31°15′51″N 34°50′49″E / 31.26417°N 34.84694°E / 31.26417; 34.84694
Country Israel
 • Head of MunicipalityPini Badash
 • Total20,126 dunams (20.1 km2 or 7.8 sq mi)
 • Total7,530
 • Density370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Name meaningSheaf

Omer (Hebrew: עֹמֶר, lit. sheaf) is an affluent town in the Southern District of Israel, bordering Beersheba. It is located on Highway 60, between Beersheba and the Shoket Junction. In 2019 it had a population of 7,530.[1]


Omer movie theater and soldiers' club

Omer, originally known as Hevrona, was founded as a kibbutz in 1949. The early residents were demobilized Palmach soldiers. In 1951, it became a cooperative village known as Eilata. In 1953, it was re-established as a communal moshav by immigrants from Hungary and Romania and renamed Omer. The name is based on the offering of the first sheafs in Leviticus 23:10.[2]

In 1957, residents of the ma'abarot in the vicinity moved to Omer. In 1962, it was renamed Tomer and became a neighborhood of Beersheba. Since 1974, it has been an independent town and suburb of Beersheba.[2]

Pini Badash has served as mayor since 1990. Omer's jurisdiction is 20,126 dunams (~20.1 km²).


Omer is known for its high socio-economic ranking. It is one of four municipalities to score 10/10, along with Kfar Shmaryahu, Lehavim and Savyon.[3]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  2. ^ a b HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 769. ISBN 965-448-413-7.
  3. ^[bare URL PDF]

External links

  • Official website
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