|• Hebrew||גַּן יַבְנֶה|
|• ISO 259||Gann Yabne|
|• Translit.||Gan Yavneh|
|• Type||Local council|
|• Head of Municipality||Aharon Dror|
|• Total||10,600 dunams (10.6 km2 or 4.1 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||Yavne Garden|
Gan Yavne (Hebrew: גַּן יַבְנֶה) is a town in central Israel, located adjacent to the city of Ashdod. Gan Yavne was founded in 1931 and achieved local council status in 1950. It lies east of the Tel-Aviv–Ashkelon highway, and is bordered to the west by Ashdod, to the north by Gederot Regional Council, and to the east and south by Be'er Tuvia Regional Council. In 2011, Gan Yavne had a population of 22,000.
Gan Yavne was established in 1931 by the "Achuza Aleph" Company founded by several Jewish families from Russia and Poland, who had settled temporarily in the United States. The inspiration for its name "Gan Yavne", comes from its proximity to the historical Yavne.
Today, Gan Yavne is experiencing a building and development boom. In the 1990s and 2000s Gan Yavne more than doubled its population, becoming a commuter town. The development of Highway 4 ("the coastal road"), which is a freeway between Tel Aviv and Gan Yavne junction, and also the introduction of frequent rail service to the nearby Ashdod station, allows commuters to travel to Tel Aviv in 30–45 minutes.
Education and culture
Gan Yavne has 23 kindergartens, 4 state elementary schools ("Ben Gurion", "Maccabim", "Ilan Ramon" and "Ehud Manor"), a State religious elementary school ("Sinai") and 2 junior highs/high schools ("Ort Yitzhak Rabin" and "Ort Naomi Shemer"). "Beit Apel" youth village is located in Gan Yavne. The town has a community center and library, a community center for the aged, and several youth clubs.