Haifa

Located on the picturesque Mediterranean, Haifa is a quiet, beautiful, residential city with a decidedly European flavor. Haifa has a rich cultural life, a young cafe and bar scene along the main drag on the Carmel, and many family oriented activities.

Haifa is friendly to Olim: it has absorbed the largest number of Russian immigrants proportionate to its size and it has a veteran Anglo community. There is a small but steady trickle of English speaking Olim and many services are available for new immigrants through the municipality and the Ministry of Absorption. In close-by Kiryat Yam is the Kiryat Yam Sapir Absorption Center.

The city has unique attributes: dynamic scientific and economic sectors, an excellent education system, leading academic institutions (Technion, Haifa University and Colleges), high quality of life, a sublime natural environment and pluralistic cultural life.

Haifa is surrounded by the sea, golden beaches, mountains and forests, it is an economic center. Haifa offers a lifestyle that is relaxed and unhurried. It is pluralistic & multicultural. Haifa is the community where you can realize your Zionist, religious or cultural dream.




Local Employment

Haifa houses the largest Hi-Tech Industrial Park – Matam (with Intel, Amdocs, google, Yahoo, Elbit, IBM etc) at the entrance to the city, Haifa University, the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, heavy industry in Haifa Bay Area, the Israel Electric Company, Rafael (government munitions R&D), Oil Refineries, Haifa Chemicals, and numerous other places of employment. Trains run daily to employment opportunities in Tel Aviv, Netanya, and other areas, and the ride generally takes less than one hour.





Education / Youth

Haifa has a wide range of educational institutions, from nursery to university, including programs for special-needs children, and many choices are available both in the secular and the religious streams. There are too many secular options to list here but a variety of religious educational institutions in Ahuza and Neve Shaanan are available as follows:

Ganim: there are excellent religious ganim available in both neighborhoods and some of the secular ganim have rich traditional programs.

Elementary Schools: the Carmel School (Netiv Eliezer) is a government religious elementary school for boys and girls in Ahuza with a religious Zionist orientation. Some of the elementary school age children in Ahuza attend the Barkai school (run by a national religious school organization), which runs separate classes for boys and girls, and is located in Kiryat Eliezer – about 15 minutes away from Ahuza and Neve Shaanan.

High Schools: for girls, Ironi Vav is the municipal religious girl’s high school located in Neve Shaanan. There is also a Tzvia High School (run by a National Religious school organization) for girls, located in the Hadar. For Boys, Yavne is the Municipal Religious High School and it is relatively close to both neighborhoods. Bereshit High School for boys (run by a national religious school organization) is also easily accessible. In addition, there are a number of outstanding secular high schools (Reali, Alliance, Hugim and Leo Beck) nearby, as well as municipal high schools. In Neve Shaanan, there is an excellent local municipal religious elementary school for boys and girls, as well as a private one. There are two religious boys’ high schools and two religious girls’ high schools within easy commuting distance.

There are very active, bustling Bnei Akiva chapters in the neighborhoods of Ahuza, Neve Shannan and Kiryat Shmuel with children from fourth grade through senior high school, which provide young people with a strong and binding social, educational and ideological framework.





Transportation

Intra city buses cover the city in its entirety, and there is a cable car to connect the upper part of the city to the lower part. There are buses to all destinations in the country. There is a new rapid transit Metronit line that will run along three different lines, with stations covering a total distance of approximately 42 kms. and covering the suburban Krayot area and through Haifa to the Carmel Beach Central Station and to Hadar. The train line also connects travelers to destinations further north and south. Travelling to Tel Aviv by train makes working there a very viable option.





Olim Services

Haifa offers unique benefits for new olim:

A professional project manager will counsel and support you upon your arrival.
Employment counseling, assistance, and services.
Temporary housing options, including subsidized rental apartments, available upon arrival for a period of 2 to 4 weeks.
Discount on Haifa municipal taxes (Arnona) for Olim (90 per cent on the first 100 sq. m. for 12 months of the 24 month immigration period; and a discount for returning residents in accordance with their income level).
In addition to the basic 5-month Ulpan, extra hours are provided.
Ulpan Etzion ─ a 5-month Ulpan for 22 to 35 year olds with an academic degree:http://www.facebook.com/people/Etzion-carmel-Haifa/100000275906542
Learning centers in three schools providing homework assistance, language acquisition, pedagogical reinforcement as required- three times a week after school hours.
Free subscription to the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
Free admission to Haifa’s municipal museums and libraries; and free first entrance to the Haifa Zoo.
Individual and special attention to your children aimed at enhancing their absorption.
Schoolchildren: Extra help in Hebrew; full exemption from school service fees (olim only), summer Hebrew Ulpan, and free municipal summer day camp.
Individual assistance during after-school hours for every child.





Amenities / Services

Haifa has many excellent cultural resources: the Haifa Municipal Theater with its own beautiful building, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Cinematheque and a number of thriving community centers. It also has a well-developed network of public libraries which include children’s books and books in English. There are a number of sports complexes, a large cinema multiplex, as well as two local small movie theaters, located in Neve Shannan and Moriah neighborhoods, and to top it all off, an excellent amateur English theater with performances for the general public two or three times a year. Haifa also has active branches of all the large volunteer organizations, including an English speaking Hadassah chapter.





Community and Religious Life

Most neighborhoods in Haifa are mixed. Therefore, the Anglo population tends to be well integrated within general Israeli society. Ahuza has over twenty orthodox synagogues, a conservative and a reform synagogue in the area.





Real Estate

Average price for purchasing in Ahuza and Carmel:
2 bedroom Apt- 1.2 million NIS
3 bedroom Apt- 1.6 million NIS
4 bedroom Apt- 2.1 million NIS and up

Average price for renting in Ahuza and Carmel:
2 bedroom Apt- 3,000 NIS and up
3 bedroom Apt- 3,500 NIS and up
4 bedroom Apt- 3,800 NIS and up

Average price for purchasing in Neve Shannan and Hadar:
2 bedroom Apt- 700,000 NIS
3 bedroom Apt- 800,000 NIS
4 bedroom Apt- 1 million NIS and up

Average price for renting in Neve Shannan and Hadar:
2 bedroom Apt- 2,250 NIS and up
3 bedroom Apt- 3,300 NIS and up
4 bedroom Apt- 3,500 NIS and up

Average price for purchasing in Kiryat Shmuel and Kiyat Chaim:
2 bedroom Apt- 700,000 NIS
3 bedroom Apt- 800,000 NIS
4 bedroom Apt- 1 million NIS and up

Average price for renting in Kiryat Shmuel and Kiyat Chaim:
2 bedroom Apt- 2,250 NIS and up
3 bedroom Apt- 3,300 NIS and up
4 bedroom Apt- 3,500 NIS and up





Neighborhoods

A list of neighborhoods in Haifa

Carmel Center  *** רכז הכרמל
Western Carmel  ** כרמל מערבי
French Carmel כרמל צרפתי
Shprinzak שפרינצק
Shaar Aliyah שער עליה
Neve David נווה דוד
Kababir כבביר
Carmeliya  ** כרמליה
Rommema **, *** רוממה
Vardia ורדיה
Ramat Sapir רמת ספיר
Ramat Eshkol ** רמת אשכול
Nawe Shannan (Neve) **, *** נווה שאנן
Ramat Chen רמת חן
Ramat Begin **, *** רמת בגין
Ramat Golda ** רמת גולדה
Ramat Almogi ** רמת אלמוגי
Ramat Hadar רמת הדר
Hadar Elion ** הדר עליון
Ramat Alon ** רמת אלון
Ahuza**,*** אחוזה
Kiryat Shmuel **, *** קרית שמואל
Kiryat Haim Mizrahit קרית חיים מזרחית
Kiryat Haim Maaravit קרית חיים מערבית

*** Religious schools

**have Anglos in the neighborhood

 


Profile Updated: February 2016