[Photo Source: Aviram Ostrovsky]
Rehelim is located in between the holy cities of Shiloh and Shechem. By car, getting to Rehelim requires taking Highway 60, the highway that has seen a tremendous amount of Arab rock attacks aimed at Jewish drivers in recent years. The story of Rehelim dates back to 1991. On October 27th,1991, busloads of Jewish members of Judea and Samaria were on their way to a protest in Tel Aviv, when one of the buses came under attack from Arabs. The driver, Yitzhak Rofeh from Jerusalem, and Rachel Drouk, of Shilo, were killed. After Rachel’s funeral, women from communities all over Judea and Samaria set up tents at the site which is today Rehelim and remained there. For a long time, only women and children lived there. It was named “Rehelim” (which means Rachels in Hebrew) after 3 Rachels: Rachel Drouk mentioned earlier, Rachel Weiss, who was killed in a Jericho bus firebombing, and the matriarch Rachel.
For the first time in the town’s 26 year history, the community of Rehelim was officially recognized by the Civil Administration and building permits were announced for the community. This past Thursday (November 9th), the day the building permits were announced, was the anniversary of the death of Rachel Weiss. (Rehelim is a reference to multiple Rachels.) Rachel Weiss was a resident of Shiloh (Samaria) and was murdered by an Arab terrorist in a bus bombing.
The Tura Winery is located in Rehelim. The winery was founded in 2003 as Erez Winery, by Vered and Erez Ben Sa’adon. The grapes are grown in vineyards on Har Bracha at an elevation of 840 meters. In addition to wine, Tura Winery also produces some of the finest olive oil in Israel. This fine olive oil was featured in a one of the previous Lev Haolam Surprise Monthly packages.
Watch the video of Tura Winery video below and experience the mesmerizing process of making olive oil.
Rehelim is located within the jurisdiction of the Samarian Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 668. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Ephraim.