Binyamina-Giv'at Ada

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Binyamina-Giv'at Ada
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew בנימינה-גבעת עדה
 • ISO 259 Binyamína - Gibˁat ʕada
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Binyamina-Giv'at Ada is located in Israel
Binyamina-Giv'at Ada
Binyamina-Giv'at Ada
Coordinates: 32°31′20″N 34°56′42″E / 32.52222°N 34.94500°E / 32.52222; 34.94500Coordinates: 32°31′20″N 34°56′42″E / 32.52222°N 34.94500°E / 32.52222; 34.94500
District Haifa
Founded 2003 - merger
Government
 • Type Local council
 • Head of Municipality Ori Disatnik
Area
 • Total 25,718 dunams (25.7 km2 or 9.9 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 10,200

Binyamina-Giv'at Ada (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִינָה) is a town in the Haifa District of Israel. It is the result of the 2003 merger between the two local councils of Binyamina and Giv'at Ada. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the population of Binyamina-Giv'at Ada was 12,000 at the end of 2009.[1] Prior to the merger, the population of Binyamina was 6,600.

History[edit]

Binyamina[edit]

Binyamina was founded in 1922 and named after the Baron Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild. According to the Jewish National Fund, Binyamina was founded on PICA land by members of the Third Aliyah. The original economy of the village was citrus-based. In 1947, Binyamina had a population of 2000. [2]

Givat Ada[edit]

Pioneer women doing laundry in Binyamina, 1930

Givat Ada, named for Baron Edmond James de Rothschild's 's wife Adelaid (Ada), was established in 1903 by eight families from Zichron Ya'akov.[3] Givat Ada was established as an agricultural settlement. The main farming branches were field crops and vegetables, and later, grapes.[4]

Economy[edit]

Historic Givat Ada synagogue

The area is home to both the Binyamina Winery, producers of 2.8 million bottles of wine annually, and the Tishbi Winery, founded by Jonathan Tishbi in 1985. Tishbi now produces one million bottles annually.[5][6] Plans have been drawn up to build a 150-acre (0.61 km2) wine park on the slopes between Binyamina and Zichron Ya'akov to promote wine tourism in Israel.[7]

Transport[edit]

The busy Israel Railways Binyamina Railway Station is the last stop on the Binyamina-Tel Aviv suburban line and a transfer point on the Tel Aviv-Haifa intercity line which makes it a transportation hub for the area. A direct non-stop train from Binyamina reaches Tel Aviv or Haifa in 30 minutes.

Notable residents[edit]

Binyamina is the birthplace of the Israeli songwriter Ehud Manor,[8] and is referenced in a number of his songs. It is also the birthplace of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Four-time Olympian and world-record-holder in shooting, Guy Starik, lives there.

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBS statistics
  2. ^ Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 24. 
  3. ^ Women on the Map
  4. ^ Women on the Map
  5. ^ "About Us". Binyamina Wines. 
  6. ^ Rogov, Daniel (August 12, 2009). "Wine and Spirits / Family fortune". Haaretz. 
  7. ^ "Israel seeks to become wine tourism destination". Globes. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  8. ^ "Ha'aretz Online: Thousands attend funeral of lyricist". Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  9. ^ Choose your family, Haaretz