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This page will be about individual communities within Bet Shemesh such as Ramat Shilo, Sheinfeld, Nofei Aviv, Migdal Hamayaim, Dolev Area (RBS A), Nofei Hashemesh, The Kiryah HaHareidit, other areas RBS, etc.  Use the "Contact Us" form to let us know if you would like to contribute- You can use the section on Sheinfeld below as a template.

We're hoping for some photos of the area and a few paragraphs describing the community and the facilities.  Don't worry about getting it perfect first time (or even providing photos), it is more important to get something to us quickly!

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Sheinfeld
  • Sheinfeld is one of the most popular Bet Shemesh neighborhoods for English speaking olim.
  • Located between Old Bet Shemesh and Ramat Bet Shemesh, it is centered around the following streets: Reuven, Shimon, Gad, Asher, Rashi, Naftali, Ma’apilei Egoz and Shivtei Yisrael.

  • Housing includes houses, apartments of varying sizes and townhouses. A new project of houses is currently being built.

  • The neighborhood includes a number of parks, and is comprised of quiet, suburban streets.

  • Sheinfeld has a very “communal” feeling, with many friends and neighbors congregating and socializing on the street, particularly on Shabbat. Children abound.

  • The population is predominantly English speaking (around 70%); and is mainly Modern Orthodox, dati leumi and Yeshivish. Some secular and some ultra-Orthodox residents live in the neighborhood as well.

  • Sheinfeld is within walking distance of Migdal Hamayim, Nofei Hashemesh, NofeiAviv, The Kirya HaHareidit, the beginning of Ramat Bet Shemesh (Bet) and more.

  • There are four main shuls, each catering to slightly different tastes. All of the shuls form their own communities with their own rabbi(s), shiurim, social events and more.

  • Sheinfeld has many public transport options, and is close to many of the main shopping areas in Bet Shemesh, including walking distance to the Naimi mall and large supermarket.

  • In addition, Sheinfeld has its own shopping area in the center of the neighborhood, including a very large minimarket (that sells many, many American products), a pizza store, post office, shawarma store, bagel restaurant, café, hairdresser and more.

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Givat Savion
  • Givat Savion is a mixed Anglo-Israeli neighborhood

  • The neighborhood was designed with a central, "U" -shaped block at its center (Rechov Haarazim). Cul-de-sacs extend from the central block along its length

  • The entire neighborhood is bisected by a tree-lined, quiet path. A grassy knoll is located near one end of the path.

  • At the other end of the path, there are three shuls: Moroccan, Teimani and Ashkenazi. The Ashkenazi shul, Bet Knesset Etz Chaim, is where most of the Anglo community davens.

  • Etz Chaim is a warm and inviting shul, comprised of members from across the spectrum of the Jewish world. Our rabbi, Rav Shalom Kurz, is a musmach of Yeshiva University.

  • Housing consists of private, stand-alone homes (villas), semi-detached homes, and fully attached houses. Every house has at least one private yard.

  • Housing costs are among the lowest in central Israel. A four-or-five bedroom house with a garden can be bought for between 1.7 million and 2.3 million shekel. Most houses are larger than 200 meters.

  • The neighborhood is surrounded by greenery and natural scenery.

  • A short, 10 or 15 minute walk to the neighborhoods of Sheinfeld and Nofei Aviv.

  • A few minutes' walk to three lovely playgrounds

  • Frequent buses travel from the neighborhood to the mall and train station

  • Close to entrance of the city

RBS Gimmel
  • Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel is the newest Beit Shemesh neighborhood, with the first occupants moving in in early 2014, and close to a thousand families here by summer of 2015. RBS Gimmel phase 1 is almost complete and will include 1800 units. 
  • RBS Gimmel is located directly south of and adjacent to RBS Aleph and Ramat Shilo. There is a a road from Gimmel straight down to Tzeilim street, which is the main access point to RBS Aleph and Ramat Shilo off of the highway 38. A second road connecting Gimmel to HaYarkon street (a main access point to RBS Aleph) is slated to be completed in the next few moths. In the valley between RBS Aleph and Gimmel, construction has begun on a large shopping center and bus depot.
  • The current population of RBS Gimmel includes a wide range of haredim - including Anglos and Israelis (est. 40% Anglo, 60% Israeli, with a lot of mixed families); Ashkenazim, Sephardim and Chassidim; and working haredim, yeshiva haredim and haredi-light/hardal. Because it is a new neighborhood, people are very friendly and tend to connect across boundaries.
  • As of summer 2015, there are at least 12 diverse Shabbat minyanim, including Ashkenazi Nusach Sefard (the Villa shul, a popular and warm destination for Anglos), Ashkenazi Litvish, several Sefardic, Chabad, and a Chassidish shteibel led by Rabbi Mordechai Twersky, formerly of Flatbush.
  • Because RBS Gimmel is a new neighborhood, and construction is ongoing, it is only realistic that there are sometimes inconveniences to living in the neighborhood. But it is exciting to be part of a new and pretty neighborhood, and it is less expensive than RBS Aleph. However, prices will start to rise as the neighborhood becomes more settled.
  • RBS Gimmel already has bus service every 20 minutes to RBS Aleph, busses to Bnei Brak, and busses to Jerusalem slated to begin in late summer 2015. There is a large supermarket, a butcher, a makolet, and 4 major health clinics (Maccabi, Meuhedet, Leumit and Clallit.) There are several boys chedarim, and many ganim and babysitters.
  • If you would like to learn more about RBS Gimmel, please visit the 'RBS Gimmel' Facebook page, where you can get advice and perspective from the residents. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/491940357580832/) We hope to see you here!

 

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RBS A
  • The building of Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph (Beit Shemesh Heights) began in the mid to late 1990s, doubling the size of the city of Beit Shemesh. The Ramah, as it is fondly called, is located on a hill overlooking the “old town.”  It has a diverse, largely Orthodox population with a large percentage of English speakers including Dati Leumi (modern Orthodox), Haredi and Hassidic, Ashkanazim and Sephardim.  In 2007, construction of Ramat Shilo began, considered a subdistrict of Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph.  Since then, Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph has experienced rapid growth and development, including recent new construction on the lower slopes of the hill, called Mishkafaim and M3. The population of Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph today is over 5,000 and growing.

    Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph is a welcoming community for Jews from across the Orthodox spectrum, is centrally located and a convenient commute to Jerusalem, Modi’n, Tel Aviv, Beersheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon and other cities.  It has a growing array of educational institutions, and varied housing prices.

  • According to Nefesh B’Nefesh (http://www.nbn.org.il/aliyahpedia/community-housing/community-profiles/ramat-beit-shemesh/), the English-speaking residents work hard to make newcomers feel part of the community and the variety of shuls and schools allow for everyone to feel that there is a place for them within its neighborhoods.  RBS Aleph, can provide a remarkably smooth landing for observant English-speaking Olim. Ramat Beit Shemesh is an active Torah learning community. There are several Yeshivot (of all orientations), Kollels, and regular classes for men and women. It has municipal services, educational institutes and shopping opportunities.

  • There are several primarily English speaking shuls whose Rabbis are also native English speakers and some present divrei Torah on Shabbat in English.

  • The community is known for its Chesed work and the many Gemachim that are in place.

  • While Anglos are spread throughout Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph, most of the Anglo community lives to the east of Park Ayalon in the Refaim, Luz, Maor, Habesor and Shimshon areas.

     

     
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