Shomria

Shomria
שׁוֹמְרִיָּה
شومريا
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Shomria is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Shomria
Shomria
Coordinates: 31°25′55″N 34°53′6″E / 31.43194°N 34.88500°E / 31.43194; 34.88500Coordinates: 31°25′55″N 34°53′6″E / 31.43194°N 34.88500°E / 31.43194; 34.88500
CountryIsrael
DistrictSouthern
CouncilBnei Shimon
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded1985
Founded byNahal
Population
 (2019)[1]
825

Shomria (Hebrew: שׁוֹמְרִיָּה) is a religious kibbutz in southern Israel. Located near Lehavim, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bnei Shimon Regional Council. In 2019, it had a population of 825.[1]

History

Shomria was first established as a Nahal settlement. In 1985, it became a civilian kibbutz inhabited by members of the left-wing Hashomer Hatzair movement. This was a period of great hardship, even for long-established kibbutzim, and Shomria was not able to develop economically, nor to attract enough members. Following the implementation of the Gaza disengagement plan in 2005, its members were offered to vacate the entire place in exchange for compensation, so that Shomria could be offered as a new home for settlers evacuated from the Gaza Strip. The kibbutz members agreed, and 60 families from the former settlement of Bnei Atzmon moved to Shomria in 2006. The new community fared well economically, and more evacuees joined. Around 2010, Shomria started moving towards renewed membership in the kibbutz movement, despite some ideological differences.[2][3][4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Gov't yet to begin homebuilding for some Gaza evacuees Haaretz, 25 September 2006
  3. ^ Former Gaza settlers seek to join the kibbutz movement Haaretz, 24 December 2010
  4. ^ Bershkovsky, Anna (March 12, 2006). "Kibbutz Shomria handed over to evacuees". YNet News. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
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