Beit Dagan

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Beit Dagan
בֵּית דָּגָן
Local council (from 1958)
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Beit D
Beit Dagan.jpg
Beit Dagan is located in Central Israel
Beit Dagan
Beit Dagan
Beit Dagan is located in Israel
Beit Dagan
Beit Dagan
Coordinates: 32°0′9.68″N 34°49′45.29″E / 32.0026889°N 34.8292472°E / 32.0026889; 34.8292472Coordinates: 32°0′9.68″N 34°49′45.29″E / 32.0026889°N 34.8292472°E / 32.0026889; 34.8292472
Country Israel
DistrictCentral
Founded1948
Government
 • Head of MunicipalityElyahu Dadon
Area
 • Total1,530 dunams (1.53 km2 or 380 acres)
Population
 (2019)[1]
 • Total7,285
 • Density4,800/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Name meaningHouse of Grain

Beit Dagan (Hebrew: בֵּית דָּגָן, lit. "House of Grain") is a town and local council in the Central District of Israel. it had a population of 7,285 in 2019.[1] It was awarded local council status in 1958.

History[edit]

During the Ottoman period, the area of Beit Dagan belonged to the Nahiyeh (sub-district) of Lod that encompassed the area of the present-day city of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut in the south to the present-day city of El'ad in the north, and from the foothills in the east, through the Lod Valley to the outskirts of Jaffa in the west. This area was home to thousands of inhabitants in about 20 villages, who had at their disposal tens of thousands of hectares of prime agricultural land.[2]

Beit Dagan was founded in 1948 at the site of the Palestinian village Bayt Dajan by Mizrahi Jewish immigrants from Yemen and North Africa. It is probably situated in the area of Biblical Beit Dagon,[3] a village in the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:41). Dagan, or Dagon, was also the name of an early semitic deity, and one of Dagans most important functions was guaranteeing abundant harvests of grain.

Climate[edit]

Beit Dagan is the home of the Israel Meteorological Service.

Beit Dagan has a Mediterranean climate with hot and rainless summers, and with cold and rainy winters. Springs and autumns are cool to warm. Humidity is high during winter and low during summer, which makes summers rainless and hot, between average high of 30.8 °C (87.4 °F) and average low of 20.4 °C (68.7 °F). Winters are rainy and mild, between average high of 18.5 °C (65.3 °F) and average low of 7.6 °C (45.7 °F). Beit Dagan receives 550.5 mm (21.7 in) of precipitation per year and there are only 7 months of heavy rain.

Climate data for Beit Dagan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17.8
(64.0)
18.1
(64.6)
20.1
(68.2)
24.5
(76.1)
27
(81)
29.2
(84.6)
30.8
(87.4)
31.2
(88.2)
30.4
(86.7)
28.3
(82.9)
24.1
(75.4)
19.7
(67.5)
25.1
(77.2)
Average low °C (°F) 7.2
(45.0)
7.1
(44.8)
8.8
(47.8)
11.5
(52.7)
14.6
(58.3)
17.9
(64.2)
20.6
(69.1)
21.2
(70.2)
19.4
(66.9)
16
(61)
11.8
(53.2)
8.6
(47.5)
13.7
(56.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 140.5
(5.53)
96.9
(3.81)
66.1
(2.60)
17.5
(0.69)
2.2
(0.09)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(0.02)
20.4
(0.80)
76.2
(3.00)
130.3
(5.13)
550.5
(21.67)
Source: Israel Meteorological Service[4]

Gallery[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Beit Dagan's main transportation hub is the Beit Dagan Junction, between highway 44 and route 412, serving as a bus terminal for lines to Rishon LeZion, Tzrifin, Ashkelon, Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, Rehovot, etc.

The large Shapirim Interchange (intersection of Highway 1 and Route 412) is located on the northern side of town.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Yam Madar (born 2000), Israeli professional basketball player

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Marom, Roy (2022). "Lydda Sub-District: Lydda and its countryside during the Ottoman period". Diospolis - City of God: Journal of the History, Archaeology and Heritage of Lod. 8: 103–136.
  3. ^ "Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.108, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English), Place Names in Israel. A Compendium of Place Names in Israel compiled from various sources. Translated from Hebrew, Jerusalem 1962 (Israel Prime Minister's Office. The Israeli Program for Scientific Translations) p.22 - Location of the book: Ben Zvi Institute Library, 12 Abarbanel St., Jerusalem; in the online-catalogue - Yizhaqi, Arie (ed.): Madrich Israel (Israel Guide: An Encyclopedia for the Study of the Land), Vol 11: Appendices, Jerusalem 1980, Keter Press, p.75 (Hebrew)". Ybz.org.il. Archived from the original on 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  4. ^ "Climate data for several places in Israel" (in Hebrew). Israel Meteorological Service.

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