Kokhav Ya'ir-Tzur Yigal
(, also Kochav Yair-Tzur Yigal
) is a town (local council
) in the Center District
. Kokhav Ya'ir and the neighboring town of Tzur Yigal () merged in November 2003. Together, the population in 2008 was 11,050.
Kochav Ya'ir was established in 1981 by 15 families living in temporary quarters. Two years later, work began on infrastructure for a permanent town. In 1986, 550 families moved into permanent housing and the town was officially founded. Tzur Yigal was founded in 1991, with the first families moving into permanent homes in the summer of 1994.
Kokhav Ya'ir (literally "Ya'ir's star") was named for Abraham Stern
, who went by the alias Ya'ir
, the founder and leader of the Lehi
group, a militant Jewish underground active during the British Mandate of Palestine
is also German for "star." Tzur Yigal (literally "Yigal's rock") was named for Israeli Knesset
member Yigal Cohen
Kokhav Ya'ir is predominantly Jewish, with a high income level. Kokhav Yair is a secular community with a religious minority. Religious tensions are virtually non-existent. Residents from English speaking countries
comprise approximately 20% of the population.
Kochav Ya'ir is located at lat. 32° 00' N, long. 35° 00' E, approximately north-north-east of the city of Kefar Sava
. Neighboring the municipality on its south-west border... Read More