American Immigrants Settle the Land

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 |  Michael Selutin

EFRAT – About a 20-minute drive south of Jerusalem, stands the Jewish settlement of Efrat, a biblical name for Bethlehem revealed in the famous prophecy about the birth of the Messiah (Micah 5:2).

This sprawling suburban community, which includes villas and apartments with lush green gardens, is located just a few kilometers from the traditional birthplace of Jesus in Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem.

Efrat is home to 8,500 people, mostly Orthodox Jews from the “nationalreligious” camp. Many are immigrants from Western countries, including the US, Britain and South Africa.

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