Aliyah & Living in the City of Netanya
Hebrew: עליה ומגורים בעיריית נתניה
Are you considering living in Netanya? Netanya is located in the northern part of the Central District in Israel, in the plain of the Sharon. The name Netanya means "gift of G-d". With easy access to the main railway and an extensive bus service, Netanya is an ideal choice for people willing to do a half-hour commute to Tel Aviv in the south, and a similar commute to Haifa, in the north.
Nearly 200,000 residents call Netanya home. Netanya is popular among immigrants from France, the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Ethiopia, Persia (Iran), the English speaking countries and South America. In fact, about 1/3 of Netanya's residents are immigrants.
Economy, Industry & Employment
Industry in Netanya is largely divided between four industrial parks - hi-tech and tourism play a major part in Netanya's economy and offer numerous employment opportunities. There are also many employment opportunities in the various academic institutions, the hospital and of course at Ikea which operates a very popular store in the area. Netanya's small and medium business, shops and shopping malls all offer a wide selection of jobs and employment as well as for English speakers.
Transport & Accesibility
Buses, railway and sheruts (shared taxis) connect Netanya with other parts of the country. Two train stations; Netanya station and Bet Yehoshua station operate direct trains to Tel Aviv, Binyamina, Hadera, Herzliya, Lod, Rehovot, Ashdod, Ashkelon and other towns. All Israel Railways stations, including Ben Gurion Airport, can be accessed from Netanya via transfer stations such as Binyamina and Tel Aviv.
You can choose to rent or buy an apartment, cottage or villa. Depending on the location, the starting purchase price for a new 4 roomed apartment (3 bedrooms) is around 1.2 million shekels. Rentals average at 3,000 shekels for a two bed-roomed apartment and can fetch up to 5,000 shekels per month for a four bed-roomed apartment. You can expect to pay at least 3 million shekels for a cottage and obviously, even more for a villa.
Popular suburbs include the Nitza and South Beach areas which are especially popular among English speaking seniors. Kiryat HaSharon and Ramat Poleg are also popular choices.
186 kindergartens, 46 elementary schools, and 16 high schools are controlled by the municipality's education department with a large selection of secular schools as well as schools for the Dati Leumi community. Bet Yaakov and Chabad also have education facilities.
Higher education in various fields is offered at The Netanya Academic College, The Ort Hermelin College of Engineering, the Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Lesley College, and The Tesler School for Nursing. Also The Wingate Institute, Israel's National Center for Physical Education and Sport are located in and around the city of Netanya.
Medical & Health
All four of Israel's health-funds: Maccabi, Clalit, Meuhedet and Leumit are represented and have branches and clinics in the city. The Laniado Hospital serves almost half a million people residing in the Netanya, Sharon region and its surrounding settlements. The Tesler School for Nursing is affiliated to the Laniado Hospital.
Around 200 synagogues of all sizes and all affiliations; Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox, Reform etc. You are bound to find a shul with a mix of people and a level of observance you feel comfortable with.
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