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Rishon LeZion

Rishon LeZion (ראשון לציון) is a city in Israel, on the central coastal strip, just south of Tel Aviv, and part of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area (Gush Dan). It has about 227,000 residents.


Rishon was founded in 1882 by a group of Hovevey Zion (Zion lovers) from Russia. It is considered (along with Petah Tikva) as the first Zionist settlement in Israel.

The new settlers faced a lot of difficulties: sandy soil, lack of water, poverty and mainly the lack of agricultural experience. After digging the Great Well and a wave of new settlers arrived (The Biluim) the new settlement started to establish itself. It was later given to the custody of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild who supported the settlement and help developed there agriculture, citrus fruits ("Pri Adar") and wine industry.

Rishon-LeZion, literly means "The first for Zion (Israel)", was a pioneer not only in erecting houses but also in cultural life. In Rishon, the first Hebrew school and first Hebrew kindergarten where funded. In Rishon, the national anthem of Israel, Hatikvah (The Hope), was written and the Israeli flag was created.

Important people in Rishon's history:

=Rishon Le-Zion Today=

Rishon-LeZion's main quarters are:

Today, Rishon-LeZion is the 4th most populated city and Israel and is known for its high life-quality. Its main industries are wine, construction, services and commerce.

Places to see in the Old City of Rishon:

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