Nokdim (31°38′N 35°13′E / 31.633°N 35.217°E / 31.633; 35.217; Hebrew: נוֹקְדִים‎), is a communal settlement and Israeli settlement located south of Bethlehem in the northern Judean hills of the West Bank. The population is 650.

Nokdim was founded on July 5, 1982 by residents of Tekoa, and is within the municipal jurisdiction of the Gush Etzion Regional Council. Nokdim was originally named El-David in memory of two residents of Tekoa - Eli Pressman, a new immigrant from France who was killed in the 1982 Lebanon War, and David Rosenfeld, manager of the museum and tourist site at Herodium who was murdered in July 1982 by two of his Palestinian employees.[1]

The name was changed to Nokdim in reference to the shepherding prophet Amos who lived in nearby biblical Tekoa.

Nokdim is a mixed community of religious and secular Jews, home to native Israelis and immigrants. Some 140 families live in Nokdim.

The Magen Shaul pre-army service preparatory school yeshiva was established in Nokdim in 1996.

Rabbi Yaron Dorani is the rabbi of Nokdim.

Notable residents


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