Kokhav Ya'ir-Tzur Yigal (Ebreu: כּוֹכַב יָאִיר-צוּר יִגְאָל, also Kochav Yair-Tzur Yigal) is a toun (local cooncil) in the Central Destrict o Israel. Kokhav Ya'ir an the neighbourin toun o Tzur Yigal (Ebreu: צוּר יִגְאָל) merged in November 2003. Thegither, the population in 2008 wis 11,050.
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History[eedit | eedit soorce]
Kochav Ya'ir wis established in 1981 bi 15 families livin in temporary quarters. Twa years later, wirk began on infrastructur for a permanent toun. In 1986, 550 families muivit intae permanent hoosin an the toun wis offeecially foondit. Tzur Yigal wis foondit in 1991, wi the first families muivin intae permanent hames in the simmer o 1994.
Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]
Kokhav Ya'ir (literally "Ya'ir's starn") wis named for Abraham Stern, who went bi the alias Ya'ir, the foonder an leader o the Lehi group, a militant Jewish underground active durin the Breetish Mandate o Palestine. Stern is an aa German for "starn." Tzur Yigal (literally "Yigal's rock") wis named for Israeli Knesset member Yigal Cohen.
Demography[eedit | eedit soorce]
Kokhav Ya'ir is predominantly Jewish, wi a heich income level. Kokhav Yair is a secular community wi a releegious minority. Releegious tensions are virtually non-existent. Residents frae Inglis speakin kintras comprise approximately 20% o the population.
Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]
Kochav Ya'ir is locatit at lat. 32° 00' N, lang. 35° 00' E, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-north-east o the ceety o Kefar Sava. Neighbourin the municipality on its sooth-wast border is Kibbutz Eyal, approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north-wast is the Israeli Arab ceety o Tira an approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) sooth is the Palestinian ceety o Qalqilyah. Kochav Yair is locatit in central Israel athin the Green Line in the soothren Sharon region. Kochav Ya'ir is 95 meters abuin sea level. The Sapir Lookout in Kokhav Ya'ir attracts bird watchers who come tae observe the semi-annual migration o mony species o birds.
Education an sports[eedit | eedit soorce]
Kokhav Ya'ir currently haes fower schuils, twa secular elementary schuils ('Keshet' an 'Nof Tzurim'), ane releegious elementary schuil ('Dekel') an ane middle schuil ('Ramon', named efter the Astronaut Ilan Ramon). Efter feenishin middle schuil students are uisually directit tae heichschuils in Raanana, Kfar Sava an Herzliya. Kokhav Ya'ir's local basketba team, Elitzur Kokhav Ya'ir, haes been a member o the Israel National Basketball League syne 2008.