Before 1996, Modi’in existed only in the dreams of its government promoters and the imagination of its designer, famed architect Moshe Safdi. Today, remarkably, Modi’in has over 90,000 residents and is expected to reach 120,000 within the next 10 years.
Modiin’s location midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and its accessibility to public transportation enables residents to travel to jobs throughout the center and south of Israel. It’s active community of English-speaking Olim has also made it one of the more popular destinations for Olim in recent years.
Modi’ins residents are as diverse as you would expect to find in any city of its size, although the population of Anglos is predominately Dati. Residents are drawn to the high level of integration between the city’s religious and secular residents, native Israelis and Olim, and the various generations, in addition to the city’s central location. They describe Modi’in as an excellent place for “city-livers,” people who like to have everything they need nearby, but want more space for their money relative to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Modi’in is centrally located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with good highway access and public transportation infrastructure facilitating the commute to these and other areas of the country. Aside from educators, medical professionals, and store owners, few people work locally.
Education / Youth
There are numerous early childcare and preschool options available throughout the city. The range of options mirrors the diversity of the city. There are religious and secular ganim (kindergarten), in addition to those run by the Reform and Conservative movements.
All new Olim children are registered at the Avnei Hoshen school, where they will receive an intensive 5 month Ulpan. Once the Ulpan ends, the children are integrated into schools in their area.
In addition to schools in the surrounding areas, there are several elementary school options for both Mamlachti and Mamlachti-Dati parents.
Modi’in also has the Yozma – Tali school which is affiliated with the Reform Movement, as well as the Yachad pluralistic school.
Modi’in has a variety of options for older children. Not counting schools in the surrounding areas, within the city itself, there are nine Mamlachti (government-sponsored, secular) high schools, four Mamad high schools (Mamlachti Dati – government-sponsored, religious), one Yeshiva high school for boys, an Ulpana for girls, as well as an AMIT religious high school for girls.
There are several different youth movements in the city, including: Bnei Akiva and Ezra for the Orthodox public, Noam for the Conservative families, as well as several secular groups such as the Scouts.
Modi’in is centrally located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – approximately 25 kilometers from each – with good highway access and public transportation infrastructure. Israel’s major toll road, Highway 6, is also easily accessible from the city. Highway 431 connects directly from Modi’in to Rishon Lezion.
Estimates are that half of Modi’in’s residents commute to work in Tel Aviv and the other half to Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, and a few other locations. There is regular bus service to Tel Aviv and Modi’in now has two train stations that provide residents with an approximately 20-minute commute to Tel Aviv.
Within Modi’in, regular bus routes service most parts of the city, however, there are areas in the city where it may be difficult for families to live without a car. In addition to public transportation, multiple taxi services operate locally.
The local Klita (Absorption) Department welcomes new arrivals and assists them with their first steps. Most services that Olim need can be accessed in Modi’in or in nearby communities. There is a branch of Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of the Interior) located in the city, and Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Aliyah and Integration) is in the city one day each week.
Ulpanim on a variety of levels can be found in Modi’in, although someone needing a more advanced class will need to travel to Tel Aviv, nearby Chashmonaim, or Jerusalem.
Each month, a variety of social activities in English organized by the city’s Klita Department for Olim. These activities include lectures on banking, medical aid, job search, Israeli and Jewish history, day trips and parties relating to the Jewish holidays.
For children who are new Olim in grades 1-6 participate in a childrens’ Olim Ulpan provided at the Avnei Hachoshen Mamad primary school in the Hamagenim area. The children receive an intense 4-5 month Ulpan. Once the Ulpan finishes, the decision to leave the children in Avnei Hachoshen or integrate them into schools in their neighborhoods’ is made together with their parents. All the children will receive additional Ulpan hours until the end of the school year.
In the afternoon there is a Merkaz Limud Study Center, enrichment program for children in grades 1-6, to help with Hebrew, homework and social activities.
7-11 graders can travel to the Teen Ulpan in Jerusalem.
Modi’in Olim Center and Ulpan
Address: Irusim 29, Reut
Front desk: Meital Yishayahu, 08-653-6685
Anglo Olim Coordinator: Leeat Soloman, 08-653-6684
Amenities / Services
As a major city, Modi’in offers extensive shopping opportunities and residents do not have to leave their city to shop for food, furniture, toys, clothing, household goods, books or religious articles.
The city has a bowling alley, two movie theaters as well as a Cultural Hall which seats 600 people. There is also an Adult Study Center, which provides enrichment courses and Open University options. The city’s cultural department offers films, theater, and musical groups.
In Modi’in and the surrounding area there are approximately fifty restaurants, from upscale eateries to fast food and cafes. Many are kosher, some are not.
Banks Leumi, Mizrachi, and HaPoalim all have branches in Modi’in. All Kupot Holim (health-care providers) have clinics in Modi’in and physicians in virtually all specialty areas see patients in the city. Modi’in also has a branch of Terem, a 24 hour center for emergency medical care. When a hospital care is needed, residents generally travel to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or Ramle.
Bituach Leumi is also located there.
The city was designed with large green-spaces comprising fifty percent of the area within Modi’in’s city limits. Park Anabe, a community park, offers paddle boating, a man made lake, walking and bike trails and more. There is also a municipal pool and sports complex.
The city hosts Israel’s largest extreme park, a 2,600 meter skate and bike recreational facility.
The ModiinApp is a resource for information about local businesses, events, deals, etc.
Community and Religious Life
Modi’in residents note that, for a city, Modi’in has true community feeling. There is an active community support network, and a range of opportunities for community involvement. The city has an active community center, as well as a cultural center which offers a wide range of events.
The Orthodox synagogues come in all varieties, including Ashkenazi, Sefardi, and Yemenite. There is also an active Conservative congregation called Yedid Nefesh, an Egalitarian congregation, and a Reform congregation called Yozma.
Modi’in’s two Chief Rabbis and other rabbinical teachers who live in the city offer a variety of Torah classes to city residents throughout the week and on Shabbat. In addition, the Emunah organization sponsors a Beit Midrash learning program for women in the mornings.
The hesder yeshiva is very involved in community life.
Modi’in has a well-developed and well-funded public library system. English and Hebrew books can be borrowed from school libraries and at the library’s main branch.
Shvatim (N. Buchman), Moriah (S.Buchman), Masuah (Givat C), Haniviim & Hamaginim (Shimshoni), Avnei Chen(Kaiser), Nachalim (Malibu & Emek Hachula), and Hakramim (Tzipor).