Aliyah & Living in Gush Etzion - The Etzion Bloc
Hebrew: גוש אציון
Gush Etzion (Etzion Bloc) is located in the Judean hills between Jerusalem and Hebron. It is a collection of Israeli settlements founded in the 1920s. In 1948 during the war of Independence 240 people fell here. After the Six-Day War in 1967 many settlements, and a number of new ones, were rebuilt.
Just a 15 minute drive from Jerusalem, the landscape and views are spectacular. It is a quiet area with a well educated middle-high class population. People choose to live here for the quality of life, the welcoming community, the family atmosphere as well as religious idealistic reasons.
The climate is comfortable in summer (no humidity) but cold and rainy in the winter.
There are 15 settlements and 3 kibbutzim in Gush Etzion:
- Alon Shvut
- Bat Ayin
- Karmei Tzur
- Kfar Elad
- Har Gilo
- Ma'ale Amos
- Ma'ale Rehav'am
- Neve Daniel
- Pnei Kedem
- Sde Boaz
- The 3 kibbutzim in the area are: Kfar Etzion, Migdal Oz and Rosh Tzurim.
- Beitar Illit and Efrat are independent municipalities in the Etzion Bloc and do not operate under the local regional council.
The area has a population of about 70,000 people of all levels of religious observance - a mix of charedim (ultra-orthodox), religious and secular.
For more information about the area and the various Aliyah and relocation options, contact the Gush Etzion Regional Office.