Aliyah & Living in Modiin
Hebrew: עליה ומגורים במודיעין
Modiin is less than an hours drive from Jerusalem in the south and Tel Aviv in the north. In 1990, the towns of Maccabim-Reut and Modiin merged into one and are now officially known as Modiin Maccabim-Reut or just Modiin for convenience.
Unlike many of Israel's other large and older cities, careful town planning, the strategic positioning of services, the modern architecture and consideration of the environment, have all contributed to the success of Modiin.
The ancient town of Modi'in was the place of origin of the Jewish Hasmonean dynasty that ruled Judea in the 1st and 2nd centuries BCE, and it is where the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Greeks started.
A community of about 80,000 people. Set in green hills and wadis, it was designed to preserve the natural landscape. Unlike the weather in other parts of Israel, low humidity, light winds and comfortable temperatures make it an ideal location.
The city includes a residential area, the main business center, an industrial park, and all surrounded by greenery. The residential neighborhoods are conveniently built around the city's core close to the railway station, shopping areas, business and commercial sites.
The community is made up of a young, educated, professional, Israeli population that are socioeconomically stable. About 10 percent of the community are new immigrants from the FSU, the USA, the UK, South Africa and France.
Modiin is a modern city. Town planners gave careful consideration to preserving, maintaining and promoting a green, eco-friendly environment.. Re-cycling is high on Modiin's agenda. Collection bins for plastic bottles, batteries, newspapers etc. are scattered across the city and at some of the educational institutions. School children are actively involved in re-cycling with regular campaigns and activities in the city's schools.
Thanks to the Modiin Municipality for their contribution to this article.