the people at the gate and the leaders said, “We are witnesses. May HaShem
make the woman (Ruth) who has come into your house like Rachel and like Le’ah,
who between them built up the house of Israel. Do worthy deeds in Efrat;
become renowned in Bet-Lechem." Ruth.4:11
Efrat is a city of modern homes and a high quality of life with a North American Standard of living. It was established in 1980 and is a city with many English speaking Olim. American Rabbi Shlomo Riskin was one of the founders of this settlement and this is reflected in the cities excellent design and North American style of homes.
There are many synagogues in this mostly modern orthodox community but not everyone is religious and not every shul is Ashkenazi. Have a look at a few the modern synagogues in the photos below.
One can tell by the photos that this is a special city. Maybe because it was in this area that King David roamed when he was young. In 1-Samuel 17:12 it says, "David was the son of a certain Efrati man from Bet-Lechem in Judah." Today Modern Efrat is 10 minutes south of Jerusalem and looks toward Bet -Lechem which is just minutes away.
Efrat has numerous parks to enjoy and take the kids.
Efrat is only 8 miles south west of Jerusalem. Here you will find supermarkets
restaurants, and all the amenities that one needs.
Efrat is a good place to raise children. Their are great schools, parks and 4 baseball leagues. They can take Karate lessons at the Tora Dojo Israel karate school.
Yes, in Efrat if you want to take the kids out
for a pizza or to rent a video, you can do so. And with some of the best schools
in the country the kids will be brought up well.
The Neve Shmuel Yeshiva and Orot Yehuda are located here. Also numerous youth groups operate here. The Neve Shmuel Yeshiva is shown in 5 photos below.
At Neveh Shmuel they will tell you,
"Neveh Shmuel residential high school provides an outstanding religious and general education for young men while preparing them for the challenges of the army and leadership in Israeli society. The curriculum at the yeshiva is a true synthesis of the secular and religious realms, including 60 hours a week devoted to the Bible, Talmud, Jewish law and philosophy, the sciences, mathematics, computers, literature and languages. Students volunteer one day each week to work helping the aged, disabled or disadvantaged. The high staff-to-student ratio at Neveh Shmuel fosters personal relationships between students and their teachers. A high percentage of graduates opt for service in elite combat units in the Israel Defense Forces."
Efrat has an excellent modern library. It is seen in the photo below.
When you come to visit Efrat then stay at the Efrat Retreat Center. It has a shul for Shabbot services and conference rooms. Besides this, it is a wonderful peaceful place to relax while in Efrat. Check out the 7 photos below.
Before this profile ends we must have one last look at the excellent neighborhoods of Efrat.
You have now been a witness to another excellent Jewish Community.
So When Are You Coming Home?!
who trust in HaShem are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides
forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so HaShem surrounds His people,
from this time forth and forever.” Tehillim 125:1-2,
הודו ל'' כי טוב כי לעולם חסדו