"And he called the name of it Rehoboth ('wide expanses'); and he said: 'For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land." Genesis 26:22
Caring people, progressive schools, vibrant city-wide festivals, a wealth of enjoyment and a sense of family await you in Rehovot—a city that began in the late 1800s with a small group of Polish immigrants and grew to become one of the largest 14 cities inIsrael.
Today Rehovot is known as the “City ofScienceand Culture.”
The city opens entirely new worlds to its citizens and all ofIsrael, offering distinctive cultural activities and municipal activities. Simultaneously, the city remains constantly on the move, making impressive strides in construction, education, and improving the wellbeing of its citizens.
We invite you to become part of the select residents of the Capital of the Coastal Plain, enjoying a top quality of life within a warm and caring community.
As the main city of the Coastal Plain Region, Rehovot is situated on a number of main traffic arteries:
Its outstanding access to city and intercity highways, and well-developed train and bus transportations systems have made Rehovot a thriving urban metropolis where residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life in one of Israel’s leading cities - with an easy, convenient commute to the country’s industrial and commercial centers.
As Israel’s “City ofScienceand Culture,” Rehovot proudly enhances its residents’ everyday life with science and cultural resources in all aspects of the city’s educational and community realms.
Rehovot has become a focal point for scientists, artists and creative individuals fromIsraeland the world over -as well as the natural host for a host of dynamic festivals initiated by the city.
No matter where you come from, there’s a place for you in the active, enterprising city ofRehovot, from its municipal Internet site to the Rehovot cable TV channel, to the city’s up-to-date Facebook page.
Rehovot’s residents have created a vigorous, thriving community that lives and breathes the spirit of true community action.
For Rehovot, the title “the City of Scienceand Culture” isn’t just a slogan.
Events such as Rehovot’s International Live Statues Festival, as well as the annual Weizmann Institute Science Festival attract thousands of culture and science enthusiasts from Israel and the world-over to Rehovot - making it an even stronger community, and a greater place in which to live, create and to grow up.
Rehovot residents can also avail themselves to such amenities as the Rehovot Shopping Mall, boasting the finest local and international products, a cinema that brings the glamor ofHollywoodstraight to Rehovot, libraries, museums, tourist sites, national landmarks, verdant public parks, and more.
Rehovot’s fascinating history is an integral part of its present, and is evident in every nook and cranny of contemporary city life.
Here’s just a sampling of places Rehovot citizens know and love:
• Bet Ha’Am—Even young Rehovot residents can recall the (now extinct) roof of Bet Ha’am, where the city’s youth came throughout the summer months to watch a movie under the starlight.
Today, Bet Ha’Am continues to serve as a cultural center, now offering a range of courses and workshops for children.
• “Givat Ha’ahava” (“Love Hill”) Park—Every city has its hidden tales of lurid romance. Although today’s “Givat Ha’ahava” is surrounded by tall buildings, it was once a green, grassy hill where love blossomed for many of Rehovot’s earliest citizens.
• Sha’arayim—You don’t have to be Yemenite to adore Yemenite food.
The Sha’arayim neighborhood is home to spectacular restaurants, bakeries and eateries featuring Yemenite specialties.
Every self-respecting Rehovot resident pays regular visits to Sha’arayim to grab a delectable bite of jachnun for the road.
• Legendary places: “Mati’s Pizza” and “Sami Burekas” are two Rehovot “institutions” that citizens habitually visit—sometimes to gossip with the gang just before going out on the town, and often to quench hunger pangs just after going out on the town.
Rehovot’s population numbers 126,000, of which 31,287 are immigrants hailing fromRussia,Ethiopia, theUnited States, and other nations.
One indicative statistic is the number of academics among Rehovot’s citizens: 31.5%!
Rehovot boasts 245 kindergartens and schools, among which are 34 elementary schools, 18 junior high and high schools, and 193 kindergartens.
Their work is augmented by the city’s “Rehovot Experience Network” which is responsible for such informal education outlets as enrichment centers, extracurricular workshops and courses, and a range of cultural activities for children and youth.
Education is not for children alone -Rehovot’s “ParentingSchool” provides parents and educators with tools for communicating and learning within the family unit.
Rehovot cultivates its younger population to reach the road to success and self-realization through a number of institutions of higher learning and support, including: