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Maale Michmas

Maaleh Michmas is located in the Binyamin Region, a 15 minute drive from the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Zeev. Michmas is a Yishuv Kehilati-Dati (religious and community-oriented), and it exemplifies the possibility of living in a strong and cohesive community that manages to include a surprising degree of diversity. On any given Shabbat morning, one cannot help noticing the many different kinds of Jews that call Michmas their home. Michmas has a small town feel and you can definitely get to know everyone in the community. The Yishuv is considered to be a medium-size community, and it currently includes about 240 families.

Michmas sits at the edge of the desert, between the Jerusalem watershed and the Judean Desert. In comparison to Jerusalem, the climate in this area is somewhat warmer during the day, and cooler at night, but it’s not quite as extreme as the desert itself.

The Yishuv is 50% native Israelis, though there is a percentage of Israelis who are actually children of native English-speakers. The other 50% of the population includes a mix of native English-speakers, South Americans, French and Ethiopians.

Olim in Michmas seem to have the perfect combination of a strong English-speaking support system, on the one hand, and a well established Israeli community, on the other hand. In Michmas, one can both connect to other Olim and also interact with native Israelis, which is a crucial factor in the acclimation of both adults and children to Israel.

Maale Michmas Stats
Region: Maale Adumim & Shomron - מ. אדומים Climate: Desert
City Type: Yishuv ישוב Affordability: $$
Number of families: 240  
Number of English speakers: 50% Population: 1200
Local Employment
85% of residents commute daily to Jerusalem.

Education / Youth
Michmas has 4 Ganim (preschools), one of which is a gan for children with speech and language development delays. It also has an elementary school, Noam Rachel, which offers separate classes for boys and girls. In addition, Michmas has a Talmud Torah, a Barkai-style school for boys (kindergarten through 8th grade).

For high school, most girls attend the Ofra High School and most boys attend Yeshivat Beit El. Transportation is provided. For children interested in alternative options, there is a full range of schools available in Jerusalem.

Michmas maintains two active youth groups: The well-established Bnei Akiva, and the smaller Ariel. The two youth groups, though separate, are careful not to impinge on each others’ activities.

Michmas is 15 minutes from Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Yaakov, and 20 minutes from Maale Adumim.

Bus service from Michmas to Jerusalem is offered by Egged five times throughout the day.

The Binyamin Council provides free bus service from Jerusalem (from the French Hill neighborhood) on Friday afternoons, as well as bus service from Michmas to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on Saturday nights.

Please Note: New Olim who live in Yishuvim are eligible for a discounted monthly bus pass.

Olim Services
Olim in Michmas attend Ulpan in Jerusalem.

Amenities / Services
The Yishuv's office provides basic postal, fax and bank service. The Yishuv also has a Makolet (mini-market), Mikvaot, a second-hand store, and Shabbat food take-out options. Kupat Cholim Leumi provides local medical services.

For additional shopping needs, a full-service medical clinic and the Shaar Binyamin Shopping Center is a 7 minute drive from Michmas (in the direction of Jerusalem). The shopping center includes a supermarket, bakery, catering, health food store, hardware store, clothing store, shoe store, book and music store, dentist, optician, bicycle shop, camping goods, furniture store, toy store and party supply store.

Real Estate
Houses are available for rent for approximately 2,000-3,000 NIS. (This includes relatively small housing units that have been added to single-family homes.)

Sales of homes range between 400,000-800,000 NIS, depending on the size and age of home. Amana is building a new project of single family homes.

Updated: October, 2010