For the first time ever, the Chief Rabbinate held a council meeting in the Shomron (Samaria). It happened on Thursday in Elon Moreh, one of the oldest Jewish towns in Samaria.

Elon Moreh is located in the same area as the place where the Patriarch Abraham made his first stop in the Land of Israel and where G-d promised him, "To your descendants I will give this land.”

Elon Moreh was first established in 1976 near the army camp at Kadum, 6 km west of Shechem (Nablus).  It was later relocated, and on Tu B’Shvat 1980, it took up quarters on its present site on Mt. Kabir, northeast of Shechem. Other Jewish towns nearby - Har Bracha, Yitzhar, and Itamar – were established within the next four years in the same general area.

Elon Moreh today boasts some 1,500 residents.