There are four distinct, established, English-speaking neighborhoods that are a 10-15 minute walking distance from one another: Scheinfeld, Nofei Aviv, Givat Savyon and the newer Nofei Hashemesh/Ramat Neriya.
The Scheinfeld neighborhood is comprised of apartments, townhouses, and semi-attached houses.
Nofei Aviv is mostly semi-attached houses.
Givat Savion is made up of semi-attached houses and villas, which offers a wider variety of housing styles and price ranges than in the other neighborhoods. Recently, young couples have been moving into the apartment buildings adjacent to Scheinfeld and Givat Savion. Bet Shemesh is home to a large Garin Torani, a group of people who moved to the city to provide education and programs about Judaism, many of which make up the award-winning teachers in the city. These devoted and active community members are scattered through the city, with many living in Givat Savion. Our shul, Congregation Etz Chaim, truly reflects the ingathering of the Diaspora. People from the four corners of the earth belong to our shul, where native Israelis blend with people from North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. This feature makes our community unique in Bet Shemesh, and probably in Israel. Our friendly congregation is involved in Chesed activities both within the community and with the Bet Shemesh community at large. We contribute with our time and money to small and large charity events, and we are involved in social activism as well. At Etz Chaim, our members are like family. When someone is in need, the congregation is there to help. When someone celebrates a Simcha, the community celebrates along with him or her. At the same time, our members have privacy and are given the space to live their personal lives.
Contact at Etz Chaim: Gilan Gertz, 077-340-9700, 052-549-4820 (Whatsapp), Facebook, or via email email@example.com. Additionally, the shul would love to organize a breakfast and small tour of the community to those who are interested in moving to Givat Savion.
Nofei Hashemesh/Ramat Neriya has larger apartment buildings and semi-detached homes.
The Haredi neighborhood which has an Anglo presence and is adjacent to the Scheinfeld neighborhood is called Nachala U’Menucha.
A Garin Torani, a group of religious families interested in strengthening the community, has moved into the Bar Ilan area.
In addition, the neighborhood of Migdal Hamayim, a 15 minute walk to the Scheinfeld neighborhood, is a good option for families who want to move to Beit Shemesh, but cannot afford the prices. With its already established English speaking community, this neighborhood offers stores for all your shopping needs, and has healthcare centers on its main street.