Rehovot is one of those cities that seem to always have flowers in bloom. The foliage is well established with mature trees lining the streets and a sense of lushness surrounds you as you walk through the city. Herzl, the city's main street, is lined with orange trees. If you are not smelling the fragrant orange blossoms, you are probably enjoying the trees bearing fruit.
Rehovot is a city of newcommers, having welcomed immigrants from Poland, Yemen, Russia, Ethiopia, Morocco, the Former Soviet Union (FSU), North America and many other countries. Evidence of the aliyah from the FSU is witnessed by a large amount of talented musicians and scientists in the city. As you stroll down Herzl you can hear the music played by some of these talented musicians.
Sukot is a very special time of year in Israel and especially in Rehovot. The pace seems to slow down a bit, the summer heat has passed, and kids are off school, enjoying a short break before they get back to their studies. Over the past few years a number of people in the community have taken on a project of building a community Suka. David and Chaya Tannor, together with other members of the Berman Shul and the Havayot Rehovot, have created a "Sukat Shalom", a Suka of Peace for the community to enjoy.
The project starts with volunteers erecting the huge structure the week before sukot and various groups of children decorating it with a variety of handmade decorations. Then, day after day, adults and kids come to the Suka to enjoy the programs that have been arranged for the community.
There always seems to be something happening in Rehovot. If it is not tied to the holidays it is likely connected to culture or science. The city instituted an annual International Stone Sculpture Symposium, inviting artists from around the world to participate.
On the grounds of the Weizmann Institute is a wonderful science park that will educate and entertain young and old. The Clore Garden of Science - the museum-without-walls is an outdoor museum with interactive science exhibits. It is best enjoyed by people over the age of five.
On March 6, 1890 (5650 according to the Jewish calendar or Taran, for short) a group of Jews from Warsaw founded the city of Rehovot. The Menuchala V'Nachala Society raised funds in order to purchase land in Palestine. The first crops were grapes and just after the turn of the century they started growing citrus fruits.
Rehovot's mayor is Rahamim Malul. Born in Morocco, Malul made aliyah to Israel in 1960. He studied at a teachers' college, and worked as a teacher and administrator.
He was elected onto Rehovot city council, where he served three terms. In August 1996 he was appointed head of the local council of the Bedouin city of Kuseife by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In the 1999 elections Malul was placed 12th on the Shas list, and entered the Knesset when the party won 17 seats. He lost his seat in the 2003 elections
He became mayor of Rehovot in 2009 after the resignation of Shuki Forer.
Just north of the city, tucked behind the shiny buildings that make up the new Science Park, is an important piece of modern Israeli history that has been hidden beneath the ground for many years. In 1946 the Haganah opened a secret underground bullet factory that produced over 2 million bullets between 1946-1948. call ahead for reservations. 08 940-6552.
Take a walk through Rehovot and you will be walking on streets named after Biblical figures, Rehovot leaders and Israel's founders. We are starting to compile a list of Rehovot streets and the origin of their names. If you know the background to a street we have not written up, we would appreciate hearing from you with the details.
“Havayeda” science centers, established by “Perach” tutorial project. “Havayeda” knowledge through fun. Is an extracurricular science and technology center. The “Havayeda” offers: The museum area the exhibits which deal with subjects like: optics, liquids, mechanics, electricity etc., are designed for interaction, using the “Hands on“ museum style. A laboratory where activities and experiments take place in many scientific subjects such as: electricity, optics, optics etc. Mind-logic games. Temporary exhibitions.
holidays sun - fri: 10:00-14:00. also sun-thur 16:00-18:00
Sunday through Thursday, during summer holiday - 17:00-19:00
P.S. Organized groups - on advance coordination
5 Yechezkel Habibi, Rehovot
Beit Michal is a small children's library near Yeshivat HaDarom on Rechov HaGra.
A stone's throw away from Herzl and Binyamin is the city's shuk. Walk through the crowded market and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and a multitude of spices.
This park in the center of town connects the library, Beit Yad La'Banim and Merkaz. It is a large open space that also contains a park and tables for people to play chess or backgammon.
Rehovot remembers the fallen soldiers that came from the city. Over the years over 400 chayalim have given their lives to defend the country. The city has built a moving memorial called Yad La'Banim in the center of the city. Inside the memorial a flame illuminates a wall listing the fallen soldiers. Outside a park with stones lines the path to a sculpture memorial.
Beit Yad La'Banim is part of the Merkaz HaTarbut and also houses an art gallery and theatre for plays and concerts. A website also displyas the name sof the fallen soldiers.
The Municipal Cultural Center, is named after Moshe Smilanski, one of the primary founders of Rehovot and a famous author. This center offers various courses in the arts, workshops, lectures, tours and much more. The center also has a gallery space for shows.
Goldin St., 2, Rehovot
Rehovot was known as Israel's Citrus capital. The Minkov Citrus Orchard Museum stands on the site of the first orchard.
On the site of the first citrus orchard and packing plant in Rehovot, the Minkov Orchard is a slice of history and a peak into Rehovot's, and the country's, past. Best known by the now world famous brand, Jaffa, oranges and other citrus were exported from then Palestine in the early 1900s. High tech science parks in Rehovot used to be citrus orchards less than 30 years ago. This small museum is a salute to Israel's first ambassador to the world, the Jaffa orange and the citrus industry it created.
Call for opening times: 08 940-6552 or 08 930-0585
Summers can be hot in Rehovot and although the sea is only a 20-25 minute drive away, many people enjoy one of the swimming pools in Rehovot.
Some pools are pay as you swim, some are based on a general membership that may include a country club type facility.
The Rehovot Moadon for Sport and Culture has a very large pool as well as work-out room, shvitz and snack bar. Annual membership for a family of 4 or more is about 5,000 NIS. The pool is converted to an outdoor pool in the warmer months. Swimming opens at 5:00 am for those that want to get some laps in before breakfast.
Kibbutz Givat Brenner
Tel. 08 944-3404, 08 944-3330, or 050 753-9487
By Sidney Cohen
Whether or not you are affiliated in some way with the Weizmann Institute, it could have a significant impact on the quality of your life in Rehovot. The Weizmann Institute is an academic research institute and graduate school comprising faculties of Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics/Computers, and Science Teaching. It spreads over a large area in the north part of town and the beautiful grounds, modern buildings, and world-class science within its gates do much for the status and livability of Rehovot.
There are over 2500 employees including some 350 scientific staff, 700 students, and support and administrative staff. The graduate school and the Institute itself attract a large number of foreign students and visiting scientists, so that the official teaching and scientific language is English.
The Institute houses a number of facilities which would be of interest to the general Rehovot citizenry, including those unaffiliated with the Institute.
The beautifully landscaped grounds are generally open to the public for jogging, strolling, and seems to be a choice spot for pre-nuptial photo sessions
There is an active visitor’s center with a program including a short movie, self-guided tours, tours of Chaim Weizmann’s house, and a gift shop.
Varied concerts and plays take place throughout the year in a small auditorium.
There are several cafeteria-style restaurants, one meat, several dairy where reasonably-priced meals can be had.
The Weizmann houses the world’s only outdoor “science garden” with attractions for all ages. Occasional special events, such as star-gazing are held there.
The sport’s center boasts a covered half-Olympic sized pool, open year around, a larger outdoor pool open May-Nov., two children’s pools, basketball and soccer courts, weight room, sauna, classes, etc. Current prices are about $1,000 per year for a family membership, with Weizmann employees and their families paying about ½ of this.
The youth-activities center offers regular extracurricular science programs for students from grade school through high school.
The Weizmann home was designed by leading Bauhaus architect Erich Mendelsohn. 972-8-9344500
Something interesting that is very close to Rehovot is the Underground Pool of the Arches, located in Ramla.
The goramla.com website describes the underground pool:
The Pool of the Arches was constructed to serve as a reservoir in 789 CE, during the time of the Abbasid dynasty, not long after the cisterns were built under the mosque. The huge subterranean pool still is intact and full of water. Visitors can rent a rowboat to explore the 400-square-meter pool thoroughly and marvel at its huge stone arches and pillars, which have attracted more than a few modern filmmakers. The beautiful pool has been an attraction for centuries; in Christian tradition, it is known as Saint Helena's Pool, after the mother of Constantine who was said to have dug it during her fourth-century pilgrimage to identify holy sites.
Additional information on the Rehovot museums and information on many more Israel museums can be found at Israel Museums.