Merhav Am is a religious communal settlement in the Negev desert in Israel. Located between Yeruham and the kibbutz of Sde Boker, it is part of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council.
It was founded by the Or Movement on 1 November 2001 and has a population of around 30 families as of November 2006, many of them living in caravans.
The original name for the settlement was intended to be Halukim due to its proximity to the Halukim Hills (the nearest road junction is called the Halukim Junction). However, after around a year it was renamed Merhav Am, inspired by the wide open area in which it was to be built, as well as in honour of Rehavam Ze'evi, a former Minister who was assassinated in 2001: In Hebrew Merhav ( - MRHV) means "wide open spaces" whilst Rehavam is spelt using the last three letters of the word plus two more ( - RHVAM). Combining the two gives Merhav Am (MRHV+AM).