|• ISO 259||Gibˁat Šmuˀel|
|• Type||City (from 2007)|
|• Mayor||Yossi Brodny (Likud)|
|• Total||2,579 dunams (2.579 km2 or 637 acres)|
Giv'at Shmuel (Hebrew: גִּבְעַת שְׁמוּאֵל, English: Samuel Hill) is a city in the Center District of Israel. It is located in the eastern part of the Gush Dan Metropolitan Area and is surrounded by the larger cities Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak to the West, Kiryat Ono to the South and Petah Tikva to the East and North. In 2015 it had a population of 25,298.
The city is named after the Romanian Zionist leader Samuel Pineles, the founder and president of the Zionist Congress in Focşani and the Vice-President of the First Zionist Congress in Basel. It has recently undergone a major expansion and doubled its population from 1998 to 2005. On November 5, 2007, the Israeli Minister of Interior accepted a committee recommendation to change the municipal status of Giv'at Shmuel to 'city'.
A leisure and sports center is being established on an area of about 32 dunams in northeastern Givat Shmuel (town plan 3107), which incorporates tennis courts, fitness rooms, swimming pools, a roller skating rink, a cafeteria and other services, along with water park, covering an area of about 5 dunams.
Giv'at Shmuel is considered a highly educated town, with 81.5% of high school graduates being eligible for a matriculation certificate in the school year 2012-13. Adjacent to the South-Western edge of Giv'at Shmuel is the campus of Bar Ilan University. While technically in Ramat Gan, the campus has been expanding in recent years to the effect that it now separates the southern Ramat Ilan neighbourhood of Giv'at Shmuel from the rest of the city.
Maccabi Habik'a, formerly Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel, are a basketball team that played in Ligat HaAl, the top division of Israeli basketball, until relegation in 2007. They reached the State Cup final in 2003, but lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Commencing April 30, 2010 a local running race has been inaugurated which is intended to take place annually. During the first race, 350 runners from all over the country participated in a 10 km (6 mi) heat and over 750 youngsters in a 2 km (1 mi) non-competitive heat. The 10 km (6 mi) competitive heat was led by the country's top long distance runners.
Giv'at Shmuel is home to Israel's largest community of lone immigrants, at approximately 950 students, young professionals, and newly married couples. It also has the highest rate of "successful aliyah" - the amount of immigrants who stay in Israel after 5 years - in the country. Whereas the international community in Giv'at Shmuel used to be composed primarily of Bar-Ilan University students and alumni, that percentage has dwindled to approximately 50%. This has been attributed to the university's recent unfavorable policies targeting immigrant policies.
In 2013, Nefesh B'Nefesh began to take an active interest in the international community's success. It began to unofficially support various events and activities, and worked closely with local leaders to expand programming neglected by Bar-Ilan University. As a direct result, The GSC - Givat Shmuel Community (R.A.) was formed, creating an infrastructural backbone for all English-speaking activities in the area.
Sister cities - Twin towns
- "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- Nefesh B'Nefesh Website
- "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
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- Located on the German Timber-Frame Road
- Givat Shmuel travel guide from Wikivoyage
- "Municipality of Givat Shmuel" - The Official Site
- "The First Givat Shmuel Running Race"
- Film about "Day of Joy" in Givat Shmuel
- The GSC - Givat Shmuel Community (R.A.)
|Bnei Brak||Petah Tikva|
|Ramat Gan||Kiryat Ono|