Ra'anana  רעננה

 

G-d spoke to the prophet Z'kharyah and said,

"...My cities will again overflow with prosperity..." Z'karyah.1:17

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 1922 Ra'anana was founded by a small group of settlers from New York City and today it is one of Israel's most thriving and prosperous Cities.  At the very least it maintains a middle class North American life style. It is located between Tel Aviv and Netanya and has about 80,000 residents. About 35% are English and has become a prime location for settling English speaking Olim.

G-d has reached down to touch this city bestowing His Blessings on it.

 

 

 

If you could speak to Ra'anana what would you say to her? You might say, "I.Love you more then all the cities of Israel. You are more precious than Rubies"

The city has been built with wisdom. Besides the abundance of Olim from English speaking Nations you will find many from France, South America and Russia. 

These people enjoy a quality of life not bettered anywhere in the world. From education to culture and sports this is 10 on a scale of 10. Enjoy the beautiful parks and gardens in this well planned out city which has been awarded the international standard ISO 9002. Ra'anana has over 100 public parks, playgrounds and gardens. Also very good cycle paths and even a small children's zoo.

    

This is the place your children will love. They will thank you for bringing them here because of all the activities they can enjoy.

From the very small to the grown teenager there will be no shortage of activities for them to do. Ra'anana is the home of many sports teams. Just name it and they have it. Basketball, volleyball,  soccer , baseball, judo, cricket, bowling and more. North Americans will love the baseball.

 

 

 

 

 

In Ra'anana there is Baseball for all ages.

 

    

Below are  photos of a team called the Ra'anana Raiders on a visit to the  city of Modi'in.

 

As mentioned above there are other activities that the young people of Ra'anana enjoy. Have a look at a few photos from Ra'anana.

    

    

   

In the City Center building on Achuza street there is a dance school with excellent teachers. There are 3 air conditioned dance studios built according to international standards.

    

In this city you will find the Ra'anana Symphonette Orchestra. The building on the right is the home of the orchestra which is located on Ahuza street. It came into existence in 1991 to aid in the absorption of immigrant artists and is located at the Center of the Absorption of Immigrant Artists. This puts Ra'anana on the Israeli Map of talent and good culture. Israel provides everyone the opportunity to extract the talents G-d has given each one. 

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Ra'anana has a 2,500 seat amphitheator and it plays host to many events. The anual Raanana Klezmer festival attracted 10,000 people at this location with events that included musicians, singers and dancers. About 100 artist performed this year. The event also had booths where people had all types of Jewish crafts and art exhibits.

Over Sukkot a baby concert was held here hosting over 5,000 children and parents. Have you ever heard of a baby concert? Only in Israel. It was put together by the city and even the Symphonic Orchestra of Ra'anana participated. Have a look below. 

 

 

 

     

 

Ra'anana is a mix of religious and secular who live together with respect for one another. About 25% of the population can be considered as Modern orthodox. Besides this, one can find a variety of other types of Religious congregations from orthodox to reformed. There are also several synagogues that conduct their services in English and English shiurim are easy to find. Below are a few of the beautiful synagogues of Ra'anana.

 

Our G-d spoke to us through the prophet Yirmeyahu (Jerimiah) and said,...

"I Love you with an everlasting Love; this is why in My grace I draw you to Me. Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, Virgin of Yisrael...." Yir.31:2,3

 

       

In Ra'anana Purim is a favorite with the whole community. The young people have a great time in the city activities on this day of Joy. Have a look below!

Don't you wish you where here?

 

 

The city has a hi tech industrial park named Etgarim. The city has attracted some international hi tech companies. Among them are SAP, Amdocs, Nice, Retalix and Comverse. 

Another thing that makes a city great are the volunteer organizations. Ra'anana has over 80 of them helping people across the community. More then a few are English speaking.

 

The Ra'anana municipality has poured 40% of its budget into education and the fruit of this effort has come forth. Today they have an award winning educational system partly because of the many innovative educational programs. There are secular and religious. There are also English speaking classes for those who are new comers who do not yet know the local language. Below are two photos of the Ra'anana Aviv High School.

 

 

After high school there is the Ra'anana College providing a variety of good courses. Recently the Open University moved its head quarters to Ra'anana giving its citizens close access to first rate learning. At Open university a person can take one coarse or several. Also one can go all the way for a Bachelor's degree. The term Open means that a person does not need to have some prior academic achievement in order to earn entry into the university. It is open to all who want to learn.

 

    

Ra'anana has 3 large community centers. Among its libraries is a well stocked English book library.

There is much to do for senior citizens in this community as well as a community support system for the seniors who need help. There is a Senior citizen employment center, seniors day care center seen in the left photo. It is for seniors who suffer physically and emotionally. They receive transportation there and back. There is a senior cultural center and then there is The golden club. Members can participate in activities such as Computers, exercise, ceramics Bible, bridge singing and much more. Also there is sight seeing trips and many special events and parties.

 

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Have you ever been to Canyon Renanim? It is one of Israel's best shopping malls located here in Ra'anana. Here in this spectacular mall one can find 180 leading shops. It is just the place you are looking for.
 
 

  

 

One of the most precious Jewels around the neck of Ra'anana is the "Loewenstein
Hospital Rehabilitation Center." It is Israel's largest rehabilitation center and is recognized internationally as a center of excellence.

Literally thousands and thousands have passed through here in the last 25 years. They treat in hospital and out patients  with all types of needs. Such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech disorders. They rehabilitate stroke victims with great success and treat people with traumatic brain injuries. Also among the many things they do is treat people with spinal cord injuries and the fitting of prosthetic limbs and the aid the rehabilitation of amputees and joint replacement. It operates several clinics, among them are a Diabetic food clinic, a pain clinic and back clinic.

 

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The Loewentein Hospital is affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of medicine in Tel Aviv and provides for the training of medical students.

 To quote the director, he says"...Here at the Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center, we strive to restore hope, and to turn that hope into reality.
Our constant goal is to help each individual reach the maximum - physically, mentally and emotionally, for we know there can be no greater achievement for the functionally disabled than to live their lives with the fullest independence possible."

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For those who have not yet totally functional in the Hebrew language, there is a local English News paper  called  Ra'anana Now.

As of May 1rst 2006, Ra'anana is cited among 3 Israeli cities that the Ministry of Absorption and the Jewish Agency for Israel will provide a program that gives extra assistance to new North American Olim families with children who settle in any of the three cities. The other 2 are Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim. And besides this, the city of Ra'anana has special programs to help settle in new Olim.

    

    

 

It is written in B'resheet Rabah 39 that, "It is better to sleep in the deserts of the Land of Israel than in the palaces of other lands." 

That was then

 Today HaShem has turned it around. One may now say, "It is better to sleep in the prosperous homes of the Land of Israel then in the  destitute communities of other lands."

    

There are beautiful apartments and condos in Ra'anana.

     

     

 

Some photos below used with permission of  Fresco Realty Ra'anana

And many nice homes.

 

  

Pass through the door of the house of Ra'anana and make your self a New Life!

 

    

    

A Jewish witness to the Land of Israel thought to himself. "Israel Is literally the worlds best kept secret. I have come to realize what many Jews around the world have failed to realize, and that is, what a great Land that our G-d has given us. His great arm  is at work  bestowing on His people prosperity. G-d is fulfilling His Covenant and promise to Avraham that  his descendants would inherit this Land forever."

So When are you coming Home?!

“Those 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 (Psalms) 125:1-2

הודו ל'' כי טוב כי לעולם  חסדו

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