Bnei 'Ayish

Bnei Ayish
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ
 • ISO 259 Bnei ʕayš
 • Also spelled Bene Ayish (official)

Bnei Ayish
Bnei Ayish

Coordinates: 31°47′18.94″N 34°45′39.29″E / 31.7885944°N 34.7609139°E / 31.7885944; 34.7609139Coordinates: 31°47′18.94″N 34°45′39.29″E / 31.7885944°N 34.7609139°E / 31.7885944; 34.7609139

District Center
Founded 1951
 • Type Local council (from 1981)
 • Total Template:Infobox settlement/dunam
Population (2005)
 • Total 7,600
Name meaning Sons of Akiva Yosef Schlezinger

Bnei Ayish (Hebrew: בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ), pop. 7,600, is a town (local council), in the Center District of Israel, about ten km from Ashdod and bordering Gedera.

Bnei Ayish originally served as a transit camp for immigrants from Yemen in the early 1950s. Before Israeli independence, the area had served as a military base for British Army troops during the British Mandate of Palestine. Today its population is almost entirely made up of Jews of Yemenite descent and immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

Bnei Ayish, meaning Sons of Ayish, is named after Rabbi Akiva Yosef Schlezinger, whose name is abbreviated to Ayish.

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