Ra'anana

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Ra'anana
Ebreu transcription(s)
 • Ebreu רַעֲנָנָה
 • ISO 259 Raˁnana
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic رعنانا
Panorama o Ra'anana

Coat o airms o Raanana
Ra'anana is located in Israel
Ra'anana
Ra'anana
Coordinates: 32°11′N 34°52′E / 32.183°N 34.867°E / 32.183; 34.867
Destrict Center
Foondit 2 Aprile, 1922
Government
 • Type Ceety
 • Heid o Municipality Nahum Hofree
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 68,300

Ra'anana (Ebreu: רַעֲנָנָה‎‎, lit. "Fresh") is a ceety in the hert o the soothren Sharon Plain o the Central Destrict o Israel wi a population o 68,300.[1] Ra'anana is bordered bi Kfar Sava on the east an Herzliya on the soothwast. While the majority o its residents are native Israelis, a lairge pairt o the population are immigrants frae Inglis, French an Spainyie speakin kintras.

Ra'anana's heich tech industrial pairk is hame tae mony leadin global companies an local stairt up companies. It haes been named the ceety wi the heichest quality o life in Israel an the safest ceety in the Middle East.[2]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 1912, the Company for Jewish Settlement in Israel formed the "Ahuza A – New York" group tae purchase land in Israel for agricultural settlement. The First Warld War delayed their plans but on Aprile 2, 1922, twa wagons left the corner o Lilienblum an Herzl Streets in Tel Aviv carryin 4 "Ahuza" members, 3 laborers an 2 airmed watchmen. Efter a 5 hoor journey, they unloadit their baggage at the place destined tae become Ra'anana.

Ahuza Street, Raanana (1927)

In its early days, the settlement wis cried "Ahuza A – New York." The Arabs o the region cried it "Little America" as maist o its residents wur Inglis speakers an came frae New York. Later it wis renamed "Ra'anania" an feenally the foondin settlers chose "Ra'anana" as its offeecial name. Bi the War o Unthirldom, it wis a veelage o 3,000 residents.

Square in Ra'anana

Bi the late 1960s, it haed a population o 85,000 spannin an aurie o 15,000 dunams. (1500 acres).[3] In the 1980s Ra'anana wis declared a ceety.

Demography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ra'anana ceety haw

Ra'anana haes a lairge Inglis-speakin population. The number o French immigrants is an aa on the rise.[4]

Religion[eedit | eedit soorce]

Though the majority of Ra'anana residents are secular, there is a sizable releegious community, mainly consistin o Modren Orthodox Jews, mony o whom are Wastren immigrants, in pairticular frae the U.S., U.K., Sooth Africae an Fraunce. There are a lairge number o synagogues aroond Ra'anana, in the east an center o the ceety an there is an aa a sma Hasidic community o Clevelander Hasidim, led bi the Clevelander Rebbe o Ra'anana, Rabbi Yitzchok Rosenbaum. The chief rabbi o the ceety is Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz.

Industry & commerce[eedit | eedit soorce]

Amdocs in Ra'anana
Renanim mall

Ra'anana haes an industrial zone in the north o the ceety, which is hame tae Rananim shoppin mall an mony heich-tech companies, including Emblaze, Hewlett-Packard, NICE Systems, SAP an Texas Instruments. In addition, Microsoft's heid office in Israel an Amdocs are locatit in an office complex at the eastren edge o the ceety, close tae Ra'anana Junction, whaur Heich-gate 4 meets Ahuza Street, Ra'anana's main boulevard. Ahuza Street runs through the ceety frae east tae wast an is lined wi shops, restaurants an a cultural center.

Due tae Raanana's heich concentration an proximity tae heich-tech companies in Israel, it frequently hosts internaitional heich tech conferences.[5]

Education[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ra'anana haes 12 elementary schuils, 10 middle schuils an 8 heich-schuils. It an aa haes special educational frameworks for giftit students an students wi disabilities. Ra'anana invests mair than a third o the municipal budget for the construction o schuils an classruims an the expansion o social, community an cultural activities in the schuil framewirk. Accordin tae statistics frae the Meenistry o Education, Ra'anana is ranked in first place in the Sharon region an seicont naitionally in this regard. At the schuils, a zero-dropoot policy haes been adoptit that enables ivery student in Ra'anana tae complete 12 years o education. Ra'anana haes developed various educational models which provide assistance an extra tutorin tae students wi difficulties, so that aw students mey maximize their personal potential an fynd a suitable place in the municipal educational framewirks.

Aviv heich schuil, established in 2000

Educational programs for giftit students stairt in the third grade. A program for encouragin girls tae study technological subjects haes been developed as well as a technology-focused leadership development an information management program, the first o its kynd in Israel. The program, creatit in conjunction wi "Ness Technologies", uises advanced technology as a catalyst for developin skills.

Ra'anana haes developed supplementary education programs for the efternuin an forenuin oors, which meet the needs o thoosans o childer, aged 5–18. These programs foster creativity, promote social involvement an cultivate leadership skills. The supplementary education projects include ower 20 "Batei Talmid" ceetywide extracurricular programs, an efternuin daycare program, an muisic, dance, airt an science centers. Ither programs include simmer camps an simmer activities, university for youth, dance troupes, the Children’s Parliament, an actin schuil, a schuil for the performin airts, an giftit childer programs, that serve as a model for mony ither ceeties.

Ra'anana is hame tae the Open University an the Ra'anana College.

Pairks an museums[eedit | eedit soorce]

The pairk o Ra'anana is the lairgest urban pairk in the Sharon region. It affers walkin andbike paths, sports fields, a zoo an childer's pettin corner an a lake in a clover shape reminiscent o Ra'anana's coat o airms. There are twa funtains in the lake an pedestrians can cross ower it on the brig. The lake is surroondit bi special gardens, includin the Seiven Species garden, an shadit walkin paths. There is an' a' a restaurant an sma airt gallery. The Founders Museum presents the story o Ra'anana's oreeginal settlers, frae the arrival o the Ahuza Alef-New York Association till Ra'anana achieved local cooncil status in 1936.[6]

Hospitals an medical facilities[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ra'anana is hame tae the Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center. Loewenstein wis established in 1958 an is the anerlie rehabilitation hospital operatit bi Clalit Health Services, Israel's lairgest health care provider. It's current multi-floor biggin is situatit in a lairge gardened aurie an accommodates 240 rehabilitative beds for short an lang term hospital care. As a naitional rehabilitative center, patients are admittit frae aw pairts o the kintra, aw health funds, frae the Meenistry o Defense, the Meenistry o Health, an frae general hospitals an clinics, baith frae Israel an owerseas.[7]

Sports[eedit | eedit soorce]

The main soccer club o the ceety is Hapoel Ra'anana. In basketbaw, the ceety is representit bi Bnei Hasharon who play at the MetroWest heich schuil. Wi a lairge population o American expatriates, the Ra'anana Express are an inaugural team in the Israel Baseball League.

The Ra'anana Roosters are the local rugby team, an the aurie is a centre o rugby union in Israel, wi the Israel Rugby Union being based there.

Mayors[eedit | eedit soorce]

Internaitional relations[eedit | eedit soorce]

Twin touns — Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ra'anana is twinned wi:[8]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Table 3 – Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  2. Ra'anana – is the "SAFEST CITY" in the MIDDLE EAST
  3. Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel, ed. Raphael Patai, Herzl Press/McGraw-Hill, New York, 1971, "Ahuza", vol. 1, p. 17
  4. Hoffman, Carl (2006-09-07). "Ra'anana's French revolution | Features | Jerusalem Post". Jpost.com. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  5. High-Tech 2028
  6. Yad Labanim
  7. "Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center". Clalit Health Services. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 "Ra'anana Twin towns & Sister cities - Friends around the World". raanana.muni.il. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  9. "Stedenband Opsterland-Ra'anana" [City Connection Opsterland-Ra'anana]. Stedenbanden.nl. "Vanaf 1960 onderhoudt de gemeente Opsterland contacten met de gemeente Ra'anana. Deze contacten zijn in 1963 officieel vastgelegd in een 'vriendschapsverdrag'. In maart 2000 is een delegatie naar Ra'anana gereisd om te praten over een meer themagerichte invulling van het verdrag." 
  10. Being the first to twin, a central street in the Ra'anana is named "Opsterland"

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]