Kiryat Ye'arim (Hebrew: קִרְיַת יְעָרִים), also known as Telz-
Stone, is a town (local council) in the Jerusalem District
According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS),
at the end of 2005 Kiryat Ye'arim had a popultation of
3,100, predominantly Jewish, with a growth rate of 1.2%.
It is an almost exclusively Haredi town, with a very high
percentage of immigrants from North America and Europe.
Kiryat Ye'arim is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2
mi) west of Jerusalem, just north of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem
highway. Neighboring Kiryat Ye'arim to the northeast is the
Arab town of Abu Ghosh.
Kiryat Ye'arim is between 661.8 and 749.5 meters above sea
Kiryat Ye'arim (Town of Forests) is named for a town of the
same name mentioned in the Bible in relation to King David's
transport of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Here the
Ark was said to have rested for 20 years. David then removed
it to Jerusalem (I Chron 13, 5-8). There are those who
believe that a nearby tell is the remains of the biblical
town. Another theory is that the biblical town is the
present Abu Ghosh.