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Nehalim is located in Central Israel
Coordinates: 32°3′30.6″N 34°54′49.31″E / 32.058500°N 34.9136972°E / 32.058500; 34.9136972Coordinates: 32°3′30.6″N 34°54′49.31″E / 32.058500°N 34.9136972°E / 32.058500; 34.9136972
CouncilHevel Modi'in
AffiliationHapoel HaMizrachi
Founded byJerusalem Organisation members
Population (2017)[1]1,615

Nehalim (Hebrew: נְחָלִים‬, lit. Streams) is a religious moshav in central Israel. Located south of Petah Tikva, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 1,615.[1]


The Nehalim community was formed in 1938 by a core group of young, religious Bnei Akiva members from Jerusalem. They began agricultural training in Menahemia in the Jordan Valley.[2] In 1944 they moved to a tract of swampy, malaria-infested land, about a kilometre south east of the site of the present kibbutz HaGoshrim, and lived in barracks without electricity or running water. Inspiration for the name Nehalim came from the network of brooks and streams in the area. After the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the residents were moved to the abandoned German Templer village of Wilhelma. The new moshav, in its present location south of Petah Tikva, was founded in 1953, with each family receiving a two-room house and 25 dunams of land.[2]


Nehalim has one main synagogue, established by Jews of Ashkenazi background. In 2012, the moshav's growing Mizrahi population wanted to build a second synagogue to reflect its own religious heritage but the chief rabbi of the moshav, David Greenwald, vetoed it.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nehalim, the wandering moshav The Jerusalem Post
  3. ^ Merilos, Itamar (3 May 2012). בית כנסת בנוסח עדות המזרח? לא בנחלים [A Mizrahi synagogue? Not in Nehalim]. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 5 May 2012.