Mitzpe Yericho (also spelled “Mitzpeh Yericho”) is located in the Judean desert 20 kilometers east of Jerusalem, off of the highway leading down to the Dead Sea. It is a 20 minute drive from Mizpeh Yericho to the outskirts of Jerusalem, (ie Ramat Eshkol, Mt Scopus, French Hill). Ma’aleh Adumim is the nearest city and is a 15 minute drive from Mitzpe Yericho. There is also a major supermarket ten minutes away in the industrial park of Ma’aleh Adumim.
The Yishuv boasts breathtaking vistas of the desert and overlooks the town of Jericho and the Dead Sea, which are about
10 minutes away. While Mizpeh Yericho is part of the Benjamin Area municipality, the Yishuv is actually run by an elected board of nine members and several volunteer sub-committees that deal with areas such as education, absorption and religious
Families in Mizpeh Yericho are expected to follow a strictly Dati (Orthodox) lifestyle. The Yishuv maintains very specific Halachic standards. For example, married women on the Yishuv are expected to cover their hair. The residents of the Yishuv are engaged in a wide range of occupations: doctors and Kollel students, programmers and teachers, businessmen and social
Most residents work in Jerusalem, in Maaleh Adumim, or in the Mishor Adumim industrial park (10 minutes away). About 20% of the residents are employed locally – in the local school, the Netivot Yosef Yeshiva, or the small industrial park adjacent to the Yishuv.
There are also two local tourist endeavors, one that offers bike trips and the other which offers jeep tours. The elegant Nof HaYarden hall boasts a spectacular view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.
Education / Youth
The Yishuv has a day care center (maon) which is under the supervision of the municipality, and a preschool program (gan) for pre-k & kindergarten. There are also several after gan programs for extended hours until 4 p.m. (additional fee).
The yishuv has a religious elementary school for grades 1 to 6 (mamlachti dati Torani). All classes are separate for boys and girls. In addition, there is a Talmud Torah for grades 1-6, with boys up to 8th grade. Junior high girls mostly travel to Maaleh Adumim (15 min. away), Ofra (40 min away), or Jerusalem (25 min. away).
There are English classes for native English speaking students. For students in grades 1-4 there is a Moadanit, which provides various educational programming after school.
For students third grade and up, there are activities organized by the Ezra youth movement. The yishuv also organizes chugim for children of all ages.
The Municipal Community Center (Matnas) provides many afternoon and evening clubs, such as ballet, judo, drums, etc. There are also privately run clubs for arts & crafts, musical instruments, sewing, etc. Rabbi Bargil runs a very successful afternoon Talmud Torah for 200 children, grades 1 to 6, with classes in Torah, Mishna, Gemara, and Halacha.
The Yishuv is home to Yeshivat Netivot Yosef one of the most prestigious Dati Leumi high school Yeshivot in the country, with over 400 students between the high school, Beit Midrash and Kollel. Many of the Kollel families live on the Yishuv and remain after they complete their full time learning. The Rosh HaYeshiva is Rav Shabtai Sabato.
Egged bus #216 runs approximately every 2 hours to and from Jerusalem into the center of the yishuv. Many residents rely on carpooling.
Amenities / Services
There is a local grocery store (makolet), a second-hand clothing store, and several small eateries (pizza, falafel, and meat sandwiches).
The local library rotates books with the Benjamin area libraries, and has a small English children’s section.
The Yishuv has its own ambulance. The nearest hospital, Hadassa (Mount Scopus), is approximately a 15 minute drive.
Two health funds (Kupat Cholim) are located on the yishuv, Clalit and Meuchedet. Both provide a full spectrum of services and doctors. Family and pediatric medicine plus specialists have several mornings where laboratory services are available.
Community and Religious Life
A central Ashkenazi synagogue, located in the heart of the Yishuv, has several daily Minyanim. Sephardic and Yemenite congregations have their own synagogues. On Shabbat and holidays,several additional Minyanim are usually created, including a Shtieble, Chabad group, and a Carlebach-style Minyan.
The Yishuv boasts two Mikvaot, one for women and one for men.
A very active Chesed committee assists residents both during celebrations and in more difficult times. There are several gemachim on the yishuv. Two of the popular more used ones are a Gemach which lends out chairs, tables, plates and cutlery for events. and one for baby accessories, clothing and Purim costumes.
The Sephardic minyan organizes a Friday Kollel for all residents. The chief rabbi of Mitzpe Yericho, Rabbi Yehuda Kroizer, gives Torah classes each evening in the central synagogue.
Small apartments cost approximately 1800 NIS/month.
Small Apartments can be purchased for 900,000 NIS.
Single family homes start at 1,200,000 NIS.
Row housing is currently under construction. Units will cost around 890,000 NIS. The first units should be completed in the spring of 2011. For more information, call Elad Reich at 050-209-1959.
The municipal plan for Mitzpe Yericho call for 1,200 housing units. There are also plans set for a community swimming pool.