|• ISO 259||ʕomr|
|• Type||Local council (from 1949)|
|• Head of Municipality||Pini Badash|
|• Total||20,126 dunams (20.1 km2 or 7.8 sq mi)|
|• Density||370/km2 (970/sq mi)|
Omer (Hebrew: עֹמֶר, lit. sheaf) is an upscale town in the Southern District of Israel, bordering Beersheba. It is located on Highway 60, between Beersheba and the Shoket Junction. In 2019 it had a population of 7,530.
Omer, originally known as Hevrona, was founded as a kibbutz in 1949. The early residents were demobilized Palmach soldiers. In 1951, it became a cooperative village known as Eilata. In 1953, it was re-established as a communal moshav by immigrants from Hungary and Romania and renamed Omer. The name is based on the offering of the first sheafs in Leviticus 23:10.
In 1957, residents of the ma'abarot in the vicinity moved to Omer. In 1962, it was renamed Tomer and became a neighborhood of Beersheba. Since 1974, it has been an independent town and suburb of Beersheba.
- Eviatar Banai, musician
- Orna Banai, actress and comedian
- Guy Barnea, Olympic swimmer
- Roni Dalumi, singer
- Mickey Edelstein, general
- Amir Ganiel, swimmer
- Imri Ganiel, Olympic swimmer
- Ziv Kalontarov, Olympic swimmer
- Shaul Ladany, world-record-holding Olympic racewalker, Bergen-Belsen survivor, Munich Massacre survivor, and Professor of Industrial Engineering
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- "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Omer" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved March 7, 2008.