Gan Yavne

Gan Yavne (Hebrew: גַּן יַבְנֶה‎) is a town in central Israel, located adjacent to the city of Ashdod. Gan Yavne was founded in 1931 and achieved local council status in 1950. It lies east of the Tel Aviv–Ashkelon highway, and is bordered to the west by Ashdod, to the north by Gederot Regional Council, and to the east and south by Be'er Tuvia Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 23,869.[1]

Gan Yavne
גן יבנה
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Gann Yabne
 • Translit.Gan Yavneh
Gan Yavne town hall
Gan Yavne town hall
Gan Yavne is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Gan Yavne
Gan Yavne
Coordinates: 31°47′N 34°43′E / 31.783°N 34.717°E / 31.783; 34.717Coordinates: 31°47′N 34°43′E / 31.783°N 34.717°E / 31.783; 34.717
Country Israel
 • Head of MunicipalityDror Aharon
 • Total10,600 dunams (10.6 km2 or 4.1 sq mi)
 • Total23,869
 • Density2,300/km2 (5,800/sq mi)
Name meaningYavne Garden

The houses in Gan Yavne are either villas or cottages, and it has a modern village-esque ambience.


Gan Yavne was established in 1931 by the "Achuza Aleph" Company founded by several Jewish families from Russia and Poland, who had immigrated to the United States.[2] The inspiration for its name "Gan Yavne", comes from its proximity to the historical city of Yavne. In 1930 land was purchased and plans were drawn up to plant 400 dunams of orange groves. After negotiations with the Mandatory government between 1936 and 1938, a road was paved to Gan Yavne. The village was designed as a garden city.[3]

As of 2017, the town has over 23,000 residents, who are almost exclusively Jewish.

Urban developmentEdit

Gan Yavne community center
Gan Yavne fire and rescue station

In the 1990s and 2000s Gan Yavne more than doubled its population, becoming a commuter town. The development of Highway 4 ("the coastal road"), which is a freeway between Tel Aviv and Gan Yavne junction, and also the introduction of frequent rail service to the nearby Ashdod railway station, allows commuters to travel to Tel Aviv in 30–45 minutes.

Education and cultureEdit

Gan Yavne has 38 kindergartens, 5 state elementary schools (Ben-Gurion, Maccabim, Ilan Ramon, Ehud Manor, and Nofey Moledet), a state religious elementary school (Sinai), and 2 junior highs/high schools (Ort Itzhak Rabin and Ort Naomi Shemer). Beit Apple youth village is also located in Gan Yavne.

The town has a community center and library, a community center for the elderly, gyms and sports fields, and a country club.

It also has had a number of youth movements (Hebrew Scouts, HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed, Bnei Akiva, Rotary Interact, HaNoar HaLeumi, and several others).

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

A typical house in Gan Yavne

Gan Yavne is twinned with:

Notable residentsEdit

  • Itay Levi (born 1988) - Israeli singer and reality judge at Rising Star (Israel) (formerly Rising Star (Israel) to the Eurovision).
  • Itay Turgeman (born 1983) - Israeli actor and television host and an Ophir Award winner in 2002
  • Iman Al-Abud - Israeli-Bedouin reality contestant girl at Project Y second season in 2004
  • Matan Ohayon (born 1986) - former Israeli Premier League footballer
  • Inna Bakelman (born 1989) - Israeli actress, model and reality contestant girl at Survivor Israel third season in 2009
  • Lior Ohayon - Israeli fashion designer and reality contestant girl at MasterChef Israel eighth season in 2019
  • Dana Zalah - Israeli singer and reality runner-up girl at The Voice Israel second season in 2012
  • Matan Jaboc (born 1989) - Israel's Channel 12 News (formerly known as Channel 2 News) weather presenter
  • Shoval Elgrabli (born 1993) - Israeli model and a Miss Israel 2012 beauty pageant contestant
  • Sahar Calizo (born 1993) - Israeli YouTuber starring in HOT's docu-reality Project Calizo in 2018
  • Bar Cohen - Israeli singer and reality winner girl at Eyal Golan Kore Lach fourth season in 2016
  • Roni Brachel (born 2000) - Israeli model, singer and reality contestant girl at Rising Star (Israel) to the Eurovision fifth season; a Miss Israel 2020 beauty pageant contestant

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ The sleepy Israeli town and the Jewish spy who helped the Soviets get the bomb, Haaretz
  3. ^ From New Zion to Old Zion: American Jewish Immigration and Settlement in Palestine, 1917-1939, Joseph B. Glass
  4. ^ "Puteaux - Qu'est-ce que le jumelage?". Mairie de Puteaux [Puteaux Official Website] (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-28.