Rishon LeZion

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Rishon LeZion (“First to Zion”), is Israel’s fourth-largest city. It is situated along the central Israeli coastal plain, 12 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, part of the Gush Dan metropolitan area. Founded in 1882 by a group of Zionist pioneers from Ukraine, Moldova, and Poland, Rishon was declared a city in 1950. Today, its diverse, population numbers 233,000. The city has consistently earned awards for outstanding municipal management and city services, as well as for its high quality of life. Over the last two decades, the city has undergone substantial growth of new residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, and sports facilities. Rishon has nearly 30 different neighborhoods, each with its own distinct look and feel, with a mixture of secular and traditional Jews. According to Israeli government records, nearly 1,000 English-speaking Olim have settled in Rishon over the last decade. Seventy percent of the city’s population is under the age of 40.

Frequently Asked Questions


The city offers an array of free and subsidized services to new Olim, including:

– Personal accompaniment in the first absorption steps
– Information and assistance in exercising the rights of Olim
– Hebrew learning programs for children, youth, and adults
– Career development programs and employment guidance
– Counseling and guidance on parenting issues
– Neighborhood and community issues (social and physical)
– Workshops and lectures in a variety of fields
– Activities for the elderly
– Cultural and leisure activities

For more information and to access these benefits see: https://www.rishonlezion.muni.il/Residents/CommunitySports/NewImmigrants/Pages/default.aspx

Contact the Director of the Municipal Absorption Department of Rishon Lezion:

Tal Lipovsky 
[email protected]

Tania Shtief
[email protected]





There are no specific neighborhoods in which the Anglo Olim prefer to live. The Anglo population can be found in the east and west sides of the city, as well as in the center.


* Last edited on December 15, 2022 *

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