Since 1991, when the first English-speaking residents moved to the Sheinfeld neighborhood in Beit Shemesh, there has been an exponential growth of English speakers. The English-speaking population has grown to be a significant presence on the Beit Shemesh scene in areas such as hi-tech, commerce, politics, and volunteering. Yet the beauty of being an Oleh resident of Beit Shemesh is that you join Olim from Russia, Ethiopia, France, and other European countries to become part of a vibrant mosaic of the “Ingathering of the Exiles.”

At Quick Glance


Population: 147K; Large English-speaking population; Tens of thousands of NBN Olim.

Religious Diversity

All affiliations and some neighborhoods are homogenous.

Frequently Asked Questions


All Kupot Cholim (healthcare service providers) are represented.

There are no hospitals currently in Beit Shemesh. The closest hospitals are in Jerusalem: Hadassah Medical Center (Ein Karem, Hadassah Mt. Scopus) Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and Herzog Medical Center.

Urgent Care Centers: Terem (two locations(. Additional locations per Kuppot Cholim.

Beit Shemesh has a modern infrastructure of public transportation including buses, shuttles, and trains. The Tel Aviv train line is more practical than the train line to Jerusalem. The city is well connected between the different neighborhoods and various locations throughout the country. See routes and travel times to major cities below!

Public transportation routes to:                Tel Aviv                Haifa                      Be’er Sheva

Travel time by car to:     Tel Aviv                Haifa                      Be’er Sheva


For more information about rentals in this community, please check out Madlan and Yad2.  Because there are no comparable real estate sites in English, we created English guides to help you navigate these sites, with an explanation of their features and functionality.




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Alissa Coleman – [email protected] – Director of Aliyah Beit Shemesh Municipality
Tami Elmaliach –
[email protected] – Project Manager for English-Speaking Olim
Ruchama Epstein – [email protected] – Project Manager for English-Speaking Olim

* Last updated on November 7, 2023 *

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