The City of Rehovot - Introduction Rehovot is located in the southern coastal plain. Rehovot was founded in 1890 as a rural community by the "Menuha & Nahalah" Company after purchasing the land by Yehoshua Hankin. The name Rehovot is based on a Biblical verse – Genesis Ch. 26 V. 22 “He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehovot, saying, "Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land." In 1907 the first Yemenite immigrants arrived to Rehovot. Later they were joined by other groups of Yemenites, especially from the areas of Hidan and Sa'dah. The immigrants became quicklyimmersed in the local community due to their ability of working in farming, while establishing three neighborhoods: "Yemenite Neighborhood," "Sha'ariim" and "Marmurek village" (the residents of these neighborhoods do not appear in this Mukhtar book). In 1934 Dr. Chaim Weizmann initiated the inauguration of the “Ziv Institute” – as the core for a Central Scientific Institute servicing the needs of Israel and as part of the global scientific community. Ziv Institute has developed into the Weizmann Institute of Science. Furthermore, the home of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, later the 1st President of the State of Israel, was established in Rehovot. Additionally to the Weizmann Institute, the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University and Israel's only school of Veterinary Medicine is located in Rehovot. In 1950 Rehovot was declared a city, and today it’s the 13th largest city in Israel with a population of 118,000 citizens (2011). Thanks to its academic institutions, Rehovot has become a university city attracting scientists, researchers and students as well as high-tech industries. If in the past Rehovot was known as a city of many orchards - the orange symbol adorns the city’s flag - currently the free plots of land are designated for residential construction and high-tech industries. The neighboring cities are: in the north Nes Ziona, north-east Ramle, east and south -east Gezer Regional Council, in the south of Kiryat Ekron, south-west Regional Givat-Brenner Council, in the west Gan Raveh and Yavneh Regional Councils.
The Mukhtar book contains 142 pages, the odd number pages are written in Ottoman Arabic, and the even numbered pages are written in Hebrew. Here only the Hebrew pages will be listed. The list contains the names of 170 families numbering 624 persons. The age of the residents of Rehovot ranges from those born in 1818 to 1915. Therefore we can estimate that the book was written at the end of the Ottoman Period or after. In the Mukhtar book the detailed professional occupations of the inhabitants are listed below in alphabetical order: Agronomist – 1; Baker – 1; Farmers – 62; Bath attendant – 1; Builder – 1:, Hotel proprietor - 3; Real estate – 3; Retailer – 4; Teacher – 5; Orange orchard manager (?) – 1 ;Carpenter – 3; Blacksmith – 1; Shoemaker – 1; Barber – 2; Coachman – 1; Laborer - 41 Watchman – 1;not specified - 30. Searching Instructions: FIRST METHOD: Beneficial only for those interested to search the Rehovot Mukhtar Book. Please follow the instructions after you read the introduction.
Click on “Search in the Rehovot Mukhtar Book”. You will see a list of Heads of Family names in an alphabetical order and you may scroll up to the name you are looking for.
Click on the page number marked in “BLUE” on the left side, and it will display the photocopy of the original page written in long hand writing which shows the Family Name you requested
Click “CTRL F” a window will open e.g. if you searched “Mohelove” you will got 10 listings, you can click “NEXT” until you find your request
Click on the “LINK” button on the left side of the page, and it will display the photocopy of the original page
Please Note! The Project operation has been tested by the following browsers;
If you are experiencing difficulties please contact a computer technician who will fix the program. SECOND METHOD: Beneficial only for those interested to obtain all the requested Family Names which appear in the various projects on the IGS website
At the top of the page the “SEARCH” button (under the description of the database)
A click on the “SEARCH” button at the bottom of the screen will send the user to the browser of the website. Write on the screen the word requested e.g. Smilanski. Click on the button "SEARCH" at the bottom of the page, you will get a list of all the “Smilansky’s” on the IGS website and reach the listings of “ The Rehovot Mukhtar Book”
Click on the “YELLOW “ arrow on the left side and you will get a printed list with the required details
Another click on “LINK” at the top of the page, it will provide you with a photocopy of the original page.
HAPPY SEARCHING Special Thanks to the following Volunteers (in alphabetical order) Ruti Abramovitz- IGA, Deputy Archivist Amnon Atzmon – Project chairperson and Ranana IGS Branch chairperson Yizhar Azati – IGS Manager of web content Gadi Ba’Haduri –State Archives, Reading Room Technical Assistant Naomi Elad – Hebrew Editor Yakove Lazovik – IGA – State Archivist Avi Naor – Technical Assistant Ruthi Notrikah – State Archives- Project manager Tzvika Oren – Israel Genealogical Society, Webmaster Chair Helena Vilensky – IGA- Archivist and Reading Room Supervisor Assisted with the Project Yossi Yavin – Web Designer Peninah Zilberman – English Translation & Editor Dear User, If you found any errors, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .With your assistance we will reach a much more accurate listings.