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Omer, Israel

Omer
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew עֹומֶר, עומר
 • ISO 259 ʕomr
Official logo of Omer
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Omer is located in Israel
Omer
Omer
Coordinates:
District Southern
Government
 • Type Local council
 • Head of Municipality Pini Badash
Area
 • Total 20,126 dunams (20.1 km2 or 7.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,080
Name meaning Sheaf

Omer (Hebrew: עֹמֶר) is an upscale town in the South District of Israel, bordering Beersheba. It is located on Highway 60, between Beersheba and the Shoket Junction.

History

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 a verse from the book of Leviticus.[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. In 2010, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the population of Omer was 6,593.[1] Omer's jurisdiction is 20,126 dunams (~20.1 km²).

Economy

Omer is known for its high socio-economic ranking. It is one of three municipalities to score 10/10, along with Kokhav Yair and Savyon.[3]

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ a b "Localities File 2010" (XLS).  
  2. ^ a b HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in עברית). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 769.  
  3. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Omer" (in עברית). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved March 7, 2008. 

External links

  • Official website
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