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Coat-of-arms adopted 11 December 1969
Rosh HaAyin (meaning head/top of the spring, after
the nearby Yarqon River springs) is situated east to Petah Tikva. Est. 1950. Pop. 35,000. The
flag on the city hall is white with emblem. The municipal emblem
was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut
HaPirsumim), YP 1585, 11 December 1969, for the then Local
Council Rosh HaAyin.
Source: author's own observation, 19 September 2001; this website and this website.
Dov Gutterman, 3 October 2001
Rosh HaAyin was established in 1950 as temporary residence for
new immigrants from Yemen in a deserted British military base
near the deserted Arab village of Ras Al-Ein. It became
permanent community a year after and became Local Council in
1954. Its proximity to the center of Israel brought to a boost of
building in 1990' in the eastern skirts of the town. Municipality
The municipal website describe the emblem as follows:
"The emblem of Rosh HaAyin reflects the springs of Rosh HaAyin, the new blooming of the community and a hint for the aliya [lit.: uphill, meaning: immigration to Israel] from Yemen.
The main idea that was chosen for the emblem is taken from Exodus 19, 4, which emphasize the idea of returning to Israel- land: "And I will take you on eagles wing and I will bring you to me". [Kanfe Nesharim (Eagles Wings) was the name of the operation in which the Jews of Yemen were brought to Israel in 1949].
The new life of the immigrants from Yemen to Israel-land, their settling in the new site and their desire the establish a community with small red-roof houses, are expressed in the emblem. In the upper part we can see the eagle wings and in the bottom part we can see the magic carpet [Marvad HaKsamim (Magic Carpet) was the name for the airlift which brought the Jews from Yemen during Kanfe Nesharim operation], both represent the aliya from Yemen. The fountain represent the springs that existed in the site in which the new immigrant decided to settle. The houses and the trees symbolize the character of the community: Small, worm and close to the land.
The emblem was approved in the council meeting, headed by Shalom Mantzura, gathered on 2 Kislev 5729, 1 December 1968.
The Emblem was designed by Aaron Elkalai who was a paint and graphics instructor in the youth house of Rosh HaAyin in those days, with the encouragement and support of Mordehai Yitz'hari, a writer and a poet that was burn in Yemen and resident of the city."
The white flag can be seen at <www.rosh-haayin.muni.il>.
Dov Gutterman, 5 May 2005
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