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Rehovot (Israel)

Iriyat Rehovot, Municipality of Rehovot

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[Municipality of Rehovot (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 16th April 1959

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Rehovot (pronounced: Rekhovot) is situated in the south shore plain, south to Nes Ziyyona. Est. 1890 and got 85,000 inh. It is the home of the Witzman Institute of Science, hence the microscope in the emblem. I spotted a white flag with emblem and red inscription. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 663, 16 April 1959.
Source: author's own observation, 29 September 2001.
Dov Gutterman
, 8 October 2001

Rehovot name was taken from the bible (Genesis 26,22) and was suggested by Isreal Belkind (the designer of Rishon LeZiyyon Flag (1885)). When established in 1890, the founders decided not to be under the patronage of Baron Rotschield (almost the only colony that did so). In 1908 the founders gave a vineyard to a group of new immigrants from Yemen which resulted the establishment of Sha'arayyim. (unofficially part of the city since 1920, officially since 1944). Other communities also incorporated into the city such as Zarnuga (Est. 1951 annexed 1954, renamesd in 1970 as Qiryat Moshe), Kefar Gavirol (Est. 1952 annexed 1954) and Kefar Marmurek (Est. 1929 as a Moshav, annexed 1956).
Rehovot became a center of scientific research. The Agriculture Research Center was moved to Rehovot in 1920, the Ziv Scientific Research Institute (today Weitzman Institute) was founded by Prof. Haim Weitzman, Israel first
president, in 1934, and the Agriculture Studies Institute (Today Hebrew University's Faculty of Agriculture) in 1942.
Rehovot became municipality in 1950, today with population of 103,000 (2003)
The emblem is described on both the municipal and heritage websites as follows:
"The oranges represent its being a city of citrus plants.
The Microscope represent its being a city of science.
The book represent the importance of education and scholarship in the city."
The emblem appeared on a stamp issued on 6 May 1970.
Dov Gutterman, 5 May 2005

The Emblem

[Municipality of Rehovot (Israel)]
image from municipal website