|• Mayor||Ran Kunik|
|• Total||3,211 dunams (3.211 km2 or 1.240 sq mi)|
|• Density||19,000/km2 (49,000/sq mi)|
|Name meaning||Two hills|
Givatayim (Hebrew: גִּבְעָתַיִים, lit. "two hills") is a city in Israel east of Tel Aviv. It is part of the metropolitan area known as Gush Dan. Givatayim was established in 1922 by pioneers of the Second Aliyah. In 2019 it had a population of 60,644.
The name of the city comes from the "two hills" on which it was established: Borochov Hill and Kozlovsky Hill. Kozlovsky is the highest hill in the Gush Dan region at 85 metres (279 ft) above sea level. The city was expanded in the 1930s so that today it is actually situated on 4 hills, Borochov, Kozlovsky, the Poalei HaRakevet ("railroad workers'"), and Rambam Hill.
Archaeological remains of a Calcolithic settlement have been found at the site of what is now Givatayim.
British Mandate era
The modern town was founded on April 2, 1922 by a group of 22 Second Aliyah pioneers led by David Schneiderman. The group purchased 300 dunams (300,000 square metres (3,200,000 sq ft)) of land on the outskirts of Tel Aviv that became the Borochov Neighbourhood (Shechunat/Shekhunat Borochov), the first workers' neighbourhood in the country. It was named for Dov Ber Borochov, founder of the Poalei Zion workers' party. Later, another 70 families joined the group, receiving smaller plots. The land was purchased with their private savings, but was voluntarily transferred to the Jewish National Fund, which organized Jewish settlement at the time, in keeping with the pioneers' socialist beliefs.
Shechunat Borochov is credited for a number of innovations in the early Jewish settlement movement, including establishing the first cooperative grocery store (Tzarkhaniya, "Consumer") that still functioned in the same location into the 1980s.
Over time, more neighborhoods developed: Sheinkin (1936; named after Menahem Sheinkin), Givat Rambam (1933; named after Maimonides), Kiryat Yosef (1934; named after the biblical figure), and Arlozorov (1936; named after Haim Arlosoroff).
All these neighborhoods were merged to form a local council in August 1942.
State of Israel
Givatayim was declared a city in 1959.
Education and culture
Givatayim has 41 kindergartens, 9 elementary schools and 4 high schools. As of 2018, the city has one of the highest rate of secondary school matriculation in the country. Mayor Ruven Ben-Shachar initiated a special high school exam assistance program that after 3 years resulted in an 11% increase of high school test results in 2010.
Eurocom Tower is a 70-story skyscraper consisting of four apartment towers and a 50-story office building. A large square connects to surrounding areas with bridges and underground passes. The complex is near Ramat Gan and its Diamond Exchange District.
In addition to Eurocom Tower, other high-rise projects are planned for the city. According to former Givatayim mayor Reuven Ben-Shahar, the municipality's policy is to promote high-rise construction on the city's outer edges, while preserving the fabric of residential neighborhoods deeper within the city, including the city center.
- Shimon Ben-Zvi (1941–1965)
- Kuba Kraizman (1965–1978)
- Yitzhak Yaron (1978–1993)
- Efi (Ephraim) Stenzler (1993–2006)
- Iris Avram, replaced the previous mayor due to his early resignation after he became the chairman of KKL - the Jewish National Fund (2006–2007)
- Reuven Ben-Shahar (2007–2013)
- Ran Kunik (2013–present)
- Avi Belleli (born 1963), singer
- Dvora Bochman (born 1950), artist
- Izhar Cohen (born 1951), singer, Eurovision song contest winner
- Tal Erel (born 1996), Israel National Baseball Team player
- Oded Kattash (born 1974), basketball player and coach
- Tzipora Obziler (born 1973), tennis player
- Mickey Rosenthal (born 1955), Labor Party Member of the Knesset
- Yuval Semo (born 1969), actor and comedian
- A. B. Yehoshua (born 1936), novelist and public intellectual
- Oren Moverman (born 1966), filmmaker
Twin towns & sister cities
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