Maale Adumim has all the advantages of a city: an enclosed mall and several strip malls, a municipal government center, intra-city transportation, an extensive library, health services, an art museum, sports and recreational facilities, a lake, a music conservatory, parks and more. It also has many of the advantages of a small town. It is clean and pleasant, surrounded by palm trees and a breathtaking desert view, and is only 20 minutes from downtown Jerusalem.
The municipality is committed to maintaining a high quality of life by offering all the services of a mid-sized city while providing a warm and comfortable home for its residents.
Maale Adumim is 10 minutes away from Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital, and a 20 minute ride to the Hi-Tech Park of Har Chotzvim. Most residents work in the Jerusalem area, though some work locally in Maale Adumim. The city’s numerous educational institutions and its commercial district, Mishor Adumim, provide opportunities for employment.
Some residents commute to Tel Aviv, or other nearby commercial centers.
Education / Youth
There are numerous day care programs and preschools throughout the city. Primary education is provided by state schools, three state religious schools, and one semi-private religious school. All secular public schools also have the Tali Judaic enrichment track.
There are a variety of options for junior high school and high school students. Among the regular public school options are: a jr high school with a strong academic track, a brand new space and aeronautics high school which feeds into the air-force, and a smaller Branco-Weiss school for learning and behaviorally challenged students who need smaller classes and additional support. Religious boys have 2 options: the AMIT high school and the Yeshiva High School. Religious girls have 2 options as well: the AMIT high school and Ulpana Tzvia.
About 10% of high school-aged students study in Jerusalem.
Maale Adumim has a well-developed program for children with special needs. Schools have both special education tracks and inclusion programs. In addition, there is an afternoon therapeutic program specifically for children with special needs. Maale Adumim has active Bnei Akiva, Ezra, and Tzofim (scouts) chapters that figure prominently into the lives of the city’s young people.
There are several inter-city buses to and from Jerusalem which also provide inner city routes within Maale Adumim. There are buses to Jerusalem from the town center every 10-15 minutes. There are 2 daily early morning buses which travel to Tel-Aviv. There is also a daily bus which goes to Ariel University and back as well as a direct bus which goes to Beer Sheva.
There is a complex network of foot-paths, bridges and underground tunnels for pedestrians. Many of Maale Adumim’s residents manage just fine without a car.
The community coordinator offers intensive and personal assistance to each Oleh family, helping the families find a rental, providing assistance with school registration and city services, purchasing appliances, arranging trips and programs, and more.
Absorption into the community is also facilitated informally by neighborhood residents. There are Olim welcoming committees in Klei Shir, Nofei HaSelah and Mitzpe Nevo which organize special events in the neighborhood. Maale Adumim runs ulpan programs in the city; those who need a level not offered in the city travel to nearby Jerusalem to study.
Some government agencies have offices in Maale Adumim, while representatives from others come to the community for public reception hours.
All schools offer Hebrew instruction for Olim. The number of hours depends on the total number of Olim in any given year. Sometimes the hours are combined to make a children’s city-wide Ulpan. The additional benefits offered to Olim coming to Maale Adumim include tutoring hours as well.
Amenities / Services
Maale Adumim’s Matnas (community center) offers dozens of activities for all ages, such as: sports, concerts, music, dance, shows, 4 swimming pools and an outstanding music program. There are also tennis and basketball courts as well as soccer fields. A baseball team for boys ages 8-12 has also started in the city.
The local library has a large collection of English books for children and adults. There is an English book club for adults. There is also an active club for retirees (55+) which offers a multitude of social activities (some of which are in English), as well as a weekly English-speakers’ senior club.
The supermarkets, mini-markets and restaurants provide delivery service.
There is a brand new performance arts center that features high level guest artists, as well as a local city orchestra. There is a youth club, which also brings in top name performers, that opens in the evenings and stays open until the early morning. There is a non-alcoholic bar that offers food as well.
Community and Religious Life
The city has a mixed religious/secular/traditional population. There are over 40 Ashkenazi and Sefaradi synagogues spread throughout the city, 4 mikvehs, a Hesder yeshiva, a kollel, and several learning opportunities for men and women. Yeshivat Hesder Birkat Moshe serves as a spiritual center for the city. The staff and advanced students offer classes for the larger community.
While most shuls in the Mitzpe Navo neighborhood have an Anglo presence, Kehilat Mitzpeh Nevo and Nachalat Yehuda in the Mitzpeh Nevo neighborhood and Musar Avicha in the Klei Shir neighborhood, have the largest number of English speakers. Most of the congregants in Nachalat Yehuda are Olim. The Rabbi is American born, and came to Israel as a young child. His sermons are given half in English and half in Hebrew in order to reach out to everyone, so that all will feel comfortable. There is a kids Minyan and within this coming year, we will be starting our Teen Minyan, run for and by the teens themselves. (For questions about Nachalat Yehuda, contact Natan: email@example.com).
There is also the Carlebach minyan and an active Conservative Chavura.
Rental for 3 bedroom – starting at 4,000 NIS
Rental for 4 bedroom – starting at 5,000 NIS
Purchase of 3 bedroom apt – starting at around 1.4 million NIS
Purchase of 4 bedroom cottage – starting at 1.7 million NIS
There are 7 neighborhoods in Maale Adumim, three of which have a more significant Anglo presence. Mitzpe Nevo is the largest with 40% English speakers followed by Klei Shiur and Nofei HaSelah (07).