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Kokhav Ya'ir
District Center
Government Local council
Hebrew כּוֹכַב יָאִיר
Name meaning Named for Abraham "Yair" Stern
Population 11,050 (2008)
Area 3072 dunams (3.072 km2; 1.186 sq mi)
Head of municipality Ya'akov Maman
Founded in 1986[1]

Kokhav Ya'ir-Tzur Yigal (Hebrew: כּוֹכַב יָאִיר-צוּר יִגְאָל‎, also Kochav Yair-Tzur Yigal) is a town (local council) in the Center District of Israel. Kokhav Ya'ir and the neighboring town of Tzur Yigal (Hebrew: צוּר יִגְאָל‎) merged in November 2003. Together, the population in 2008 was 11,050.[2]


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[1]. 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. Stern 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 settlement 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 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-north-east of the city of Kefar Sava. Neighboring the municipality on its south-west border is Kibbutz Eyal, approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north-west is the Israeli Arab city of Tira and approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south is the Palestinian city of Qalqilyah. Kochav Yair is located in central Israel within the Green Line in the southern Sharon region. Kochav Ya'ir is 95 meters above sea level. The Sapir Lookout in Kokhav Ya'ir attracts bird watchers who come to observe the semi-annual migration of many species of birds.

Education and sports

Kokhav Ya'ir currently has four schools, two secular elementary schools ('Keshet' and 'Nof Tzurim'), one religious elementary school ('Dekel') and one middle school ('Ramon', named after the Astronaut Ilan Ramon). After finishing middle school students are usually directed to highschools in Raanana, Kfar Sava and Herzelia. Kokhav Ya'ir's local basketball team, Elitzur Kokhav Ya'ir, has been a member of the Israel National Basketball League since 2008.

Notable residents

Kokhav Ya'ir

Kokhav Ya'ir, as seen from Tzur Natan.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kokhav Ya'ir History" (in Hebrew). Kokhav Ya'ir municipality website. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  2. "Statistical population data" (in Hebrew). Israel Ministry of Interior. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 

External links

Template:Israeli municipality merger of 2003cs:Kochav Jair

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