City Type: Yishuv
Affordability: 1.35 - 1.7 million NIS
Demographic Characteristics: Families, Retirees, Singles, Young Couples & Families
Affiliation: Conservative, Dati Leumi, Secular
Meitar, a southern gem of a town, was established in 1984 by a mixed group of secular and religious Jews. The feeling of openness and acceptance is a trademark of this friendly community. The town has only single-family private homes that are well laid out, and give the feeling of being in a Florida suburb.
Many residents work throughout the Negev while others travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Ben Gurion University and Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva are major employers in the area. There is a growth of hi-tech companies in the area, such as in Omer and Lahavim Junction, and many of these companies are seeking employees. The Dead Sea Factory and Intel in Kiryat Gat are also destinations for Meitar’s work force.
Education / Youth
Meitar won the National Education Award for Excellence in 2007 for its wonderful schools. The Yishuv is part of the Ofek Chadash (New Horizons) initiative and all of their schools are known as “green schools,” i.e., they place an emphasis on environmental studies. The public secular elementary schools go until 6th grade and then there’s a junior high school for grades 7-9; the religious school continues through 8th grade. For high school, most of the religious children study in Ulpanot and Yeshivot around the country, but remain involved in the community and in the local Bnei Akiva when they are at home. There are some options for religious students in Beer Sheva as well as in Yerucham to where several girls commute. There is a group of boys who learn in Neve Shmuel in Efrat. The secular students generally attend local high schools, primarily in Omer.
Bnei Akiva, Scouts and Noar Lomed V’Oved offer programs for the youth.
The train to Tel Aviv takes 75 minutes (from Beer Sheva). There are regular buses to Beer Sheva and Kiryat Arba. It is 1.5 hours by car to both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and a half hour drive to both Kiryat Gat and Arad. A car would be necessary as the buses don’t run that often.
Highway 6 will soon be reaching Meitar.
There are no specific programs in place for Olim, but given the close-knit nature of this community, the new Oleh is well received. There is an English speaker’s book club and the municipality will organize programs geared specifically towards Olim, when the need arises.
Amenities / Services
The Matnas (Community Center) offers a wide variety of programs for both adults and youth, and an emphasis is now being placed on care for the aging population. There is a senior citizen’s clubhouse, as well as assisted living apartments.
There is a shopping center that has a large supermarket, a bank, a hardware store and several other shops, as well as a pizza shop and bakery.
There is a community country club which includes pools, extensive exercise rooms, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, tennis courts and a large youth center.
Community and Religious Life
The relationships that exist between the secular and religious populations are solid and genuine. There are 9 synagogues in the Yishuv: 8 Orthodox and one Conservative, serving the 25% of the population that is observant. There are daily Minyanim (prayer groups)- several every morning and evening, Daf Yomi study groups both morning and evening, and separate swimming hours every day at the pool. There is daily learning for men (a morning Kollel for retirees) plus a Beit Midrash for women with Shiurim and daily Tehilim. Additionally, there is a weekly women’s Chumash class in English taught by Rabbi Elisha Citroen.
Meitar is known as “The City that Volunteers” and the benefits of this are seen throughout the Yishuv.
|Type of Property||Rent||Purchase|
|Yechidat Diur||2,000-2,800||Not available|
|3 -7BR Private Homes||4,200-5,500||1.65-2.6 million|
|Please note, the following factors will likely result in the price of the property costing on the higher end of the price range:
As of May 2016
Shlav Aleph, Shlav Bet, Rabin, Calaniot and newer neighborhoods. There is no one particular section within the commumity, in which English speakers live.
In the planning stages arethe Yishuvim of Carmit, Yatir and Chiran are expected to be available to new residents. These will be under the jurisdiction of the Meitar municipality.
Updated: July, 2013