Ashdod Neighborhoods

| April 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Ashdod Israel Neighborhoods

Ashdod is a city that was very well planned and did not develop in a haphazard way.

Ashdod Neighbourhood

Ashdod Neighbourhood (Photo: Ori®)

The city is divided into 17 residential neighborhoods, the city quarter, the special quarter, and three industrial areas. A complete division was made between the residential neighborhoods and the industrial areas. Each residential neighborhood has services like schools, health clinics, and parks within walking distance and each neighborhood has its own shopping area.

Transportation is excellent in Ashdod. It is very easy to go from one neighborhood to another. The roads are wide and there is ample free parking all over the city. No parking meters here! Trains and buses connect Ashdod to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Haifa and the rest of the country.

For two years in a row Ashdod was selected as the most stable community in Israel, and for more than 10 years it has been recognized for its excellent financial and municipal management. The municipality claims that every shekel paid in goes straight back to the residents.

Night in Ashdod

Night in Ashdod (Photo: Shay Kogan, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The first neighborhood was the Aleph neighborhood. Today this is a commercial area with hotels and many good restaurants. Aleph is close to the Miami Beach. Bet Canada, the merkaz klita (center for immigrant absorption) is found here. There are many English speakers in this neighborhood, as well as in Daled. The Daled neighborhood is also an interesting and old neighborhood, although not quite as old as Aleph.

Parts of the Aleph, Daled, Yud-Aleph and Tet-Vav neighborhoods are very close to the sea. The Marina quarter is the closest to the sea and has been the site of recent construction of luxury apartments.

Gimmel and Zayin are ultra-orthodox neighborhoods. In 1964 the Rabbi of Ponevezh Yeshivah, Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, founded the first Chareidi neighborhood in Ashdod. He was soon joined by the Hassidic rabbis of Belz and Gur, and later Pittsburgh.

The Heh neighborhood is the “heart, lev” of Ashdod, and this is the reason behind the name of the shopping mall there, Lev Ashdod. The City quarter could be referred to as the downtown area of Ashdod. Here there are shops, banks, cafes and restaurants. When walking down towards the Marina one passes the AKADMA Music Conservatory, the Cultural Center and the Central Bus Station.

Ashdod: Rooftop View Over the Suburbs

Rooftop View Over the Suburbs (Photo: Public Domain)

Seventy percent of the residents of the Yud neighborhood are from the former Soviet Union. Yud-Gimmel is on the east side of Ashdod. The Tet-Vav neighborhood has many beautiful, single-family homes. The Tet-Zayin neighborhood is fairly new, with large tower buildings that have spacious apartments and magnificent views of the sea.

The Yud-Bet neighborhood  houses many new immigrants from France. Buildings here have security rooms, mamadim and Shabbat elevators.  Yud-Zayin is a fairly new residential quarter and is separated from Tet-Vav by the Tel Chai Boulevard. The Tet neighborhood is also a new residential area.

 Ashdod Neighborhoods: Did You Know?

When the first immigrants arrived in Ashdod from Morocco in 1956 the entire area was mainly sand dunes.


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