Rosh HaAyin

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Rosh HaAyin
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew רֹאשׁ הָעָיִן
 • ISO 259 Roˀš ha ʕayn
Rosh HaAyin.jpg
Official logo of Rosh HaAyin
Logo
District Central
Founded 1949
Government
 • Type City
 • Mayor Shalom Ben Moshe
Area
 • Total 24,390 dunams (24.39 km2 or 9.42 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 38,500
Name meaning Fountainhead
Website Rosh-HaAyin.muni.il

Rosh HaAyin (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הָעָיִן Hebrew pronunciation: [ˌroʃ häˈʔä.in], lit. Fountainhead) is a city in the Center District of Israel. To the west of Rosh HaAyin is the fortress of Antipatris and the source of the Yarkon River. To the southeast is the fortress of Migdal Afek (Migdal Tzedek).[2] As of 2009, the population of Rosh HaAyin was 38,500.[1]

History[edit]

Rosh HaAyin was founded in the 1950s near the site of ancient Antipatris and the Arab village of Majdal Sadek (also known as Majdal Yaba). Many of the early residents were Yemenite Jews airlifted to Israel in 1949 and 1950 in Operation Magic Carpet. In the 1990s new neighborhoods were built although the town still has a large Yemenite population.

Rosh HaAyin is named after its location at the source of the Yarkon River (rosh = head, ayin = fountain, spring).

Demographics[edit]

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in 2001 the ethnic makeup of the city was 99.8% Jewish, with a predominant number of young people below the age of 19. The population growth rate was 2.5%.

Economy[edit]

Afeq industrial park

According to the CBS, there were 10,972 salaried workers and 1,033 self-employed in 2000. The mean monthly wage for a salaried worker was NIS 6,595, an increase of 11.2% over the course of 2000. Salaried males had a mean monthly wage of NIS 8,408 (a real change of 7.8%) versus NIS 4,857 for females (a real change of 13.1%). The mean income for the self-employed was 6,853. 628 people received unemployment benefits and 1,057 received an income supplement.

In 2004, the Givot Olam oil company discovered oil at the Meged 5 oil field near Rosh HaAyin.[3][4] It is one of the largest on-shore oil fields in Israel. It began production in 2010 and produces oil as well as some natural gas. Its proven oil reserves are about 1,525 million barrels (242.5×10^6 m3).[5]

TTI Telecom is located in Rosh HaAyin.[6]

Education[edit]

According to the CBS, there were 21 schools in Rosh Ha'ayin, with an enrollment of 7,137. Fifteen were elementary schools with an enrollment of 4,749 and 11 were high schools with an enrollment of 2,388. In 2001, 58.8% of Rosh Ha'ayin's 12th grade students were entitled to a matriculation certificate.

Sports[edit]

S.C Rosh Ha'ayin ("Moadon Sport Rosh Ha'ayin"), a football team who plays at "Liga Gimel Sharon".

Notable Residents[edit]

Twin cities[edit]

Domestic[edit]

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Israel Israel Hurfeish COA.png Hurfeish Northern District

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