Beit Shemesh is first mentioned in the Book of Joshua 15 as a city in the territory of the tribe of Judah on the border between their territory and that of the tribe of Dan. Amongst other biblical references, the city is famous for its mention in chapter 6 of the book of 1 Samuel as being the first city encountered by the ark of the covenant on its way back after having been captured by the Philistines in battle.
Modern day Beit Shemesh was founded in 1950 as the Hartuv displaced persons camp "Ma'abarat Har-Tuv" on the site of the current-day Moshav Naham. The first inhabitants were Jewish Bulgarian immigrants, who were joined by more immigrants from Bulgaria, Iran, Iraq, Romania, Morocco and Kurdistan.
Today it has a population of ~85,000 including influxes of Jews from Russia, Ethiopa, North America and Europe.

Beit Shemesh

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Beit Shemesh

Nachal Maor

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Nachal Maor

Ramat Beit Shemesh - Antiquities

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Ramat Beit Shemesh - Antiquities

Ramat Beit Shemesh Antiquities

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Ramat Beit Shemesh Antiquities

Reflections on Beit Shemesh Elections

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Reflections on Beit Shemesh Elections

Swimming Pool

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Swimming Pool

Beit Shemesh Greeting Cards

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Beit Shemesh Greeting Cards

150702 Hutzot Beit Shemesh

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150702 Hutzot Beit Shemesh

Nachal Habesor - Ramat Beit Shemesh A - 151111

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Nachal Habesor - Ramat Beit Shemesh A - 151111

Nachal Habesor

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Nachal Habesor

BIG River - Nachal Sorek

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BIG River - Nachal Sorek

Golan Sculpture Garden Beit Shemesh

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Golan Sculpture Garden Beit Shemesh

Park Center Architecture

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Park Center Architecture

170324 Kibbutz Lamed Hey & Environs

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170324 Kibbutz Lamed Hey & Environs