Ma’ale Hever, also known as Pnei Hever, is located approximately 15 kilometers southeast of Hebron. Ma’ale Hever was established on January 31st, 1982, originally called Nahal Yakin. Before being turned over to eleven families on August 24th, 1983, the area served as a pioneer military outpost. Upon demilitarization, the community was renamed after the nearby Hever Stream.
While most residents of Ma’ale Hever were born in Israel, the community also houses immigrants from Ethiopia, France and The United States. Ma’ale Hever is the home of the world famous chocolate factory, Holy Cacao, which also produces products for the Lev Haolam Package Project (Watch Lev Haolam’s video of Holy Cacao’s founder, Jo Zander.)
Among community facilities in Maale Hever are a synagogue, mikveh (ritual bath house), library and gym.
Ma’ale Hever is located within the jurisdiction of the Har Hebron Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 432. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Judah.