Thinking of aliya? Already living in Israel?
Thinking of aliya? Already living in Israel?
If you’re looking for a warm, welcoming, and active community to call home, Elkana may be just the place for you…
Established in 1977 as one of the first settlements in the Shomron, Elkana is home to over 1200 families. And we’re growing. Another 300 homes are in various stages of building, and there’s more planned for the future!
Elkana is an attractive place for olim for many reasons. Whether you’re thinking about Aliyah, just moved to Israel, or have been living here for years, here’s what you’ll find in Elkana:
• A warm, welcoming community
• The perfect location, right in the center of the country, and close to everything
• Nationally recognized educational institutions
• High quality of living
• Tons of services, stores, activities, and cultural events - all within Elkana
• Pastoral setting, with beautiful natural surroundings
• Core group of veteran olim who are ready to help
• Parks, basketball courts, a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails
Elkana is a dati-leumi (national religious) community where people of different levels of religious observance all get along with each other and feel comfortable. There’s something for everyone here. We have synagogues, mikvaot, daf yomi classes, and more.
We welcome the opportunity to meet and interact with new Olim and other prospective residents. We hope that when you’re looking for a place to live, settle down, and raise a family, you’ll strongly consider Elkana – a beautiful, welcoming, active community right in the heart of Israel.
Here’s a more detailed description of some of the things you’ll find in Elkana
Elkana's residents work in various professions: hi-tech, education, law, medicine and computers as well as marketing, the arts and home repair, to name a few. University professors, judges, doctors, nurses and therapists in many fields are residents of the community. Some are self-employed and others work in large and small businesses. Most of the residents commute to nearby cities, while others work locally in Elkana and in the neighboring settlements.
The community of Elkana has a long-standing tradition of assisting others in finding employment.
Our children begin their “educational careers” in the local daycare and nursery programs, continue on to the neighborhood pre-schools, and then to the widely acclaimed and nationally-recognized "Cramim" elementary school. Boys continue their junior high and high school years at Ma'arav Ha'Shomron Yeshiva (Yama) and girls study at the Ulpana high-school. Girls who wish to do their academic studies in Elkana can attend "Orot Israel College of Education". All in-house!
In Elkana there is a wide range of after-school activities for kids, such as gymnastics, basketball and soccer, chess club and music, art and various other activities. The Bnei-Akiva youth group is a central, year-round activity for the kids.
Adults also have a wide variety of activities, such as a choir, sports classes, lectures, classes on religious topics and much more. Elkana is proud of its well developed, very active club for retirees called the "50+ Club".
Elkana has an active cultural life for the entire community, offering many events, festivals, and concerts (from many of the top musical artists in the country) throughout the year.
Location! Location! Location!
Elkana is very centrally located. Highway #5 connects Elkana to Tel Aviv in just 30 minutes. Jerusalem is accessible from Elkana in about 45 minutes. Rosh Ha’ayin and Petah Tikva are just 15-20 minutes away, and have tons of restaurants, larger grocery stores, and shopping. Elkana is 10 minutes away from Route 6 and the Rosh Ha'ayin Train Station. There is also regular bus transportation to Tel-Aviv, Petach-Tikva and Jerusalem.
The Elkana community recognizes Klitat Aliya (aliya absorption) as an important mission with a large group of people dedicated to that purpose. The "Elkana Ba'aliya" initiative will accompany Olim through the process of Aliya and ensure that Olim feel comfortable and warmly welcomed into the community.
Elkana offers many services and conveniences to its residents. In Elkana you will find a supermarket from a leading national chain, as well as a grocery store, a post-office, pharmacy and several restaurants. Barbers and hair stylists are available as well as a jewelry store, children’s clothing shop, hardware store, stationary and paper-goods store. All of the health funds (Kupat-Cholim "Clalit", "Maccabi", "Meuchedet" and "Leumit") serve the population in Elkana. A branch of Yad Sarah, manned by volunteers from Elkana, loans a wide variety of medical equipment and provides services to the population in Elkana. Additionally, Elkana has a lovely library with a good selection of English books for kids and adults.
Elkana has a modern emergency service administration with Magen David Adom offering first aid and ambulance services as well as a new Fire Station serving the area.
Community and Religious Life
Elkana has an active community volunteer support network, and a range of opportunities for community involvement that reaches all sectors of the Elkana population. Programs focused on the youth such as “Adoptive Families” and "Garin Ariel", a club for new mothers and newly married couples provide support for these different populations. There are many Chesed activities that support neighbors in difficult times and offer assistance to families with special needs. There’s a non-profit Second Hand shop with proceeds going to Tzedaka. These are just some of the things that help create a very active community life.
Elkana has more than twelve Orthodox synagogues for its residents: Ashkenazi, Sefaradi and Yemenite. The community Rabbi is Rav Yehuda Shtern. The Rav is involved in all the various aspects of community life. There are many Shiurim (classes) throughout the week and on Shabbat. The Daf Yomi in Elkana is known throughout Israel for its amazingly high level of participation. There are classes in Bible and Halacha, and a Beit Midrash for women offering weekly Shiurim. A Kollel program for men and women is active on a daily basis throughout the year.
We have an active English speaking community in Elkana. Most of our residents can speak English and are always ready to be of assistance. There is a longstanding weekly Tanach shiur in English, a number of tiyulim for English speakers during the year. Most importantly, the English speakers are highly involved in everything happening within the general Elkana community.
We have a broad variety of housing options including rental of small apartments attached to large private homes or the purchase of a private house either newly built or previously owned.
Rental prices- vary from 2,800 to 6,500 NIS depending on size and level of furnishings.
Purchase prices - 1.4 to 3 million NIS
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