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District Haifa
Government Local council (from 1959)
Hebrew רְכָסִים
Name meaning Mountain ranges
Population 8,600 (2006)
Area 2859 dunams (2.859 km2; 1.104 sq mi)
Founded in 1951
Coordinates 32°44′55.78″N 35°6′2.89″E / 32.7488278°N 35.1008028°E / 32.7488278; 35.1008028Coordinates: 32°44′55.78″N 35°6′2.89″E / 32.7488278°N 35.1008028°E / 32.7488278; 35.1008028

Rekhasim (Hebrew: רְכָסִים‎) is a town (local council) in the Haifa District of Israel. It is located between Kiryat Tiv'on, Kiryat Ata and Nesher, next to roads 70, 75 and 762.

Its estimated population at the end of 2006 was 8,600,[1] and its jurisdiction was 2,859 dunams (~2.9 km2). It is ranked low (2 out of 10) on the Israeli socio-economic scale.[2]

History and name

It was named after a verse in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 40:4), because the town is located on 4 hill ranges. It was founded in 1951 by released soldiers and residents of nearby ma'abarot.[3]


Rekhasim lies on four hills near Mount Carmel, labelled with Hebrew latters (Hill Alef, Bet, Gimel and Dalet). It borders two villages in the Zvulun Regional Council: the Jewish Kfar Hasidim and Arab Ibtin.

Its lowest elevation is only 19.8 m (65 ft) above sea level, while the highest is at 193.6 m (635 ft). The average temperature in January is 11 °C (52 °F), and 27 °C (81 °F) in August. The average annual precipitation is Template:Mm to in.[2]


  1. "Population of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents and Other Rural Population on 30/09/2007". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Rekhasim" (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  3. HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999) (in Hebrew). Lexicon of the Land of Israel. Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. pp. 868. ISBN 965-448-413-7. 


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