[Photo Credit: Yehuda Honickman]
Tekoa (pronounced T’koa) is located approximately thirty kilometers south of Jerusalem, in the area of of Judea known as Gush Etzion (Eztion Block). To the east of Tekoa are beautiful views of the dead sea and to the west are views of the rolling Judean hills. All of the communities of Gush Etzion are adjacent or connected to a road called Derech Avot (road of the fathers). This road, which still exists, gets its name from the fact that it is the road that all of the Jewish patriarchs traveled while they resided in Israel. Tekoa was first established in 1975 as an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) outpost and then in 1977, the foundation of the Tekoa community was established.
The name “Tekoa” was the biblical name of the town in which Amos the prophet lived. Due to the proximity of the community to the ancient city, modern-day Tekoa was aptly named.
Members of the community take pride in being part of a unique community which consists of a fascinating human variety – a community where religious and secular, native Israeli’s and new immigrants, adults and youth live together in harmony. One of the Lev Haolam suppliers that we interviewed, Olga Alievsky, is a resident of Tekoa. She told us of the beautiful residents that make Tekoa such a special place to live.
Tekoa is an artists’ village where many of the residents work as musicians and actors, poets and writers, screenwriters and photographers, jewelers, potters and woodworkers and graphic artists. In the industrial area of the village you can find mushroom farms, bread bakery, carpentry shop, a metal workshop, wineries and more. In addition, olive groves and vineyards and other branches of agriculture can be found in the settlement.
Tekoa is located within the jurisdiction of the Gush Etzion Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 3,633. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Yehudah (Judah).