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(Hebrew: חוֹלוֹן‬  (audio) (help·info); Arabic: حُولُون‎ Ḥūlūn) is a city on the central coastal strip south of Tel Aviv, Israel. Holon
is part of the metropolitan Gush Dan
Gush Dan
area. In 2016 it had a population of 190,838.[1] Holon
has the second-largest industrial zone in Israel, after Haifa.[citation needed]


1 Etymology 2 History 3 Urban development 4 Local government

4.1 Mayors

5 Culture 6 Samaritan
community 7 Education 8 Sports 9 Notable residents 10 Twin towns – sister cities 11 References 12 External links

Etymology[edit] The name of the city comes from the Hebrew word holon, meaning "(little) sand". The name Holon
also appears in the Bible: "And Holon with its suburbs, and Debir with its suburbs" (Book of Joshua, 21:15).[2] History[edit]

Holon, 1945

was founded on sand dunes six kilometers (3.7 miles) from Tel Aviv in 1935.[3] The Łódzia textile factory was established there by Jewish immigrants from Łódź, Poland, along with many other industrial enterprises.[3] In the early months of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Holon
was on the front line, with constant shooting taking place on the border with the village of Tel A-Rish to its northwest—a suburb of Arab Jaffa—and clashes also in the direction of the town of Yazur
to the east. An attack by the Holon-based Haganah
militia units on Tel A-Rish was repulsed with considerable losses.

Convoy being assembled at Holon. 1948

After the establishment of the state, Holon
expanded to include Tel A-Rish (renamed "Tel Giborim", "The Mound of the Heroes") and the orange groves of Yazur. In February 2001, eight Israelis were killed and twenty-five were injured in a Palestinian attack on a crowded bus stop in Holon.[4] The image of Holon
as a working-class bedroom community has changed over the years. Through municipal efforts, the city has been rebranded as a child-friendly city, offering family attractions such as the Yamit Water Park, the Israeli Children's Museum and the Israel
Museum of Caricature and Comics.[5] Urban development[edit]

Design Museum Holon

Historic landmarks in Holon
slated for preservation include Derech Habitachon ("Safe Road"), paved during the Israeli war of independence; water towers in the Moledet and Azor
neighborhoods; Hosmasa, a building used by the Haganah; the pillbox guard post; Stroma Square, Mansbach health clinic, Hameshakem building, the Agrobank neighborhood and two schools – Bialik and Shenkar.[6] A new neighborhood, Migdalim Bashdera, is under construction, with plans for 23 upscale residential towers, a new city hall, several cultural and commercial centers, some of them already built. A French urban planner was commissioned to design a north-south boulevard with pedestrian walks, bicycle paths, sports fields, parks and waterfalls.[5] The last undeveloped land reserve remaining in Holon
is the H-500 Holon plan, that consists of approximately 4,080 dunams in the south of the city, and is intended to consist of 13,700 dwelling units in total.[7] Local government[edit] Mayors[edit]

Haim Kugel
Haim Kugel
– 1940 to 1953[8] Pinhas Eylon
Pinhas Eylon
– 1953 to 1987[8][9] Haim Sharon
Haim Sharon
– 1987 to 1988 Moshe Rom – 1988 to 1993 Moti Sasson – 1993 to present


Yanshul, symbol of the Holon
Children's Museum

hosts a variety of springtime events, including the Yemay Zemer (Days of Song) Festival during Passover
and a Women's Festival in March, both at the Holon
Theater. Holon
is also one of the host cities for the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series in March.[10] Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman runs a summer music camp in the city for young violinists.[11] Since the election of Mayor Moti Sasson in 1993, many cultural projects have been inaugurated. Billing itself as a "children's city," Holon
is home to the Holon Children's Museum
Holon Children's Museum
and the Mediatheque youth theater.[12] Holon
also plays host each year to a street carnival in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim, the Adloyada. Thousands of children dress up in costumes and the streets close down for a parade featuring colorful floats.[13] The Design Museum Holon, which opened in 2010 near the "Médiathèque" and the Faculty of Design of Holon
Institute of Technology, is the first Israeli museum of design. In October 2013, Holon
hosted major international designers who arrived for Holon
Fashion Week (known as HoF13), among them milliner Stephen Jones and BioCouture founder Suzanne Lee.[14] Cinematheque Holon
hosts the only digital arts and media arts festival in Israel, Print Screen Festival.[15] The festival was established 2010. Samaritan

Holon's Samaritan

In 1954, the president of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, helped to establish a Samaritan
quarter on the outskirts of Holon. The quarter was named Neve Pinchas after Pinhas Ben-Abraham, the high priest of the Samaritan
community.[16] Holon
is one of only two cities in the world to have a Samaritan community, the other being the village of Kiryat Luza
Kiryat Luza
on Mount Gerizim above Nablus
on the West Bank. Education[edit]

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The Collège-Lycée franco-israélien Raymond Leven is located in Mikve, Holon.[17] Sports[edit]

Hapoel Holon
Hapoel Holon
(basketball) – premier league, national champion in 2008 and state cup holder in 2009 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C.
Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C.
(football) – Liga Alef [3rd tier]

Notable residents[edit]

Omri Casspi, October 2013

David D'Or, 2004

Moshik Afia
Moshik Afia
(born 1974), singer Chen Aharoni
Chen Aharoni
(born 1990), singer Oz Almog (born 1956), Israeli-Austrian artist & author Rafi Amit, poker player Avraam Benaroya
Avraam Benaroya
(1953–1979), Greek-Jewish Socialist leader, founder of the Communist Party of Greece David Ben Dayan
David Ben Dayan
(born 1978), football player Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
(born 1988), NBA basketball player (Golden State Warriors) Bat-Sheva Dagan
Bat-Sheva Dagan
(born 1925), Holocaust survivor, teacher, psychologist, author David D'Or
David D'Or
(born 1966), countertenor & composer; Israel's 2001 Singer of the Year Ilona Feher (1949–1988), violinist Dana International
Dana International
(born 1972), pop singer Hila Klein
Hila Klein
(born 1987), YouTuber Eran Kolirin (born 1973), cinema director & script writer Aryeh Krishek (born 1952), novelist and biographer Sofia Mechetner (born 2000), model, the face of Dior Moran Mazor
Moran Mazor
(born 1991), singer Avihu Medina
Avihu Medina
(born 1948), composer, arranger, songwriter, and singer Adir Miller
Adir Miller
(born 1974), actor, screenwriter and comedian Moshe Mizrahi (born 1980), Israeli basketball player Lior Narkis
Lior Narkis
(born 1976), singer Chen Reiss (born 1979), opera singer Shira Rishony (born 1991), Olympic judoka Peter Roth (born 1974), rock singer & composer Ben Sahar
Ben Sahar
(born 1989), football player Arie Vardi
Arie Vardi
(born 1937), pianist & teacher Rahel Vigdozchik
Rahel Vigdozchik
(born 1989), Olympic rhythmic gymnast Avraham Yosef
Avraham Yosef
(born 1949), rabbi and son of Ovadia Yosef Rami Yosifov
Rami Yosifov
(born 1966), guitarist of Teapacks

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Sister city shields at the city entrance

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Israel Holon
is twinned with:

Anshan, China borough Mitte
in Berlin, Germany Dayton, Ohio, USA

Hann-Münden, Germany Cleveland, USA[18] Suresnes, France

Partnership of kindness with:

Andong, South Korea


^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017.  ^ "The Story of Holon:Making Sand
Dunes Sophisticated". Isrealli.org. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011.  ^ a b The Guide to Israel, Zeev Vilnay, Hamakor Press, Jerusalem, 1972, p.239 ^ "Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000". Mfa.gov.il. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2014.  ^ a b Bassok, Moti (November 29, 2013). "Working class Holon
aims to attract affluent home buyers". Haaretz. Retrieved April 25, 2014.  ^ Aderet, Ofer (June 9, 2011). " Holon
seeking to preserve 18 historic sites". Haaretz. Retrieved April 25, 2014.  ^ "The Holon
H-500 Information Arena". Joseph Raiten. Retrieved December 27, 2016.  ^ a b "Haim Kugel". Holon
City. Retrieved June 8, 2015.  ^ "Pinhas Eylon". Holon
City. Retrieved June 8, 2015.  ^ "Festivals". Holon
Municipality. Retrieved May 8, 2013.  ^ "Israeli cultural scene explodes with dynamic music, fiction, art". Jweekly. June 5, 1998. Retrieved April 25, 2014.  ^ "Post-championship Holon
dreams of prosperity, tourism – Haaretz – Israel
News". Haaretz. Retrieved May 5, 2009.  ^ Purim
parade in Holon, Jerusalem Post ^ Handwerker, Haim (September 10, 2013). " Holon
Fashion Week attracts big industry names". Haaretz. Retrieved April 25, 2014.  ^ Print Screen Festival, official homepage ^ "Samaritans". Jewishmag.com. Retrieved May 5, 2009.  ^ "La localisation." Collège-Lycée franco-israélien Raymond Leven. Retrieved on January 22, 2015. "Agricultural School Mikve Israel
Mikve israel street 1 5891000 Holon
– ISRAEL" – Address in Hebrew: "בה"ס חקלאי מקווה ישראל 5891000 חולון" ^ "Sister Cities International (SCI)". Sister-cities.org. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Holon.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Holon

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Holon.

Municipality official site (English) Friends of Holon
Foundation (English) Design Museum Holon
Design Museum Holon
(English) Hapoel Holon
Hapoel Holon
Basketball Club official site (Hebrew) Holon's Story Gardens (1/2) Holon's Story Gardens (2/2) Youth week in Holon
(Hebrew) City blog presents the best part of the Holon
city (Hebrew) The Holon
H-500 Information Arena (English and Hebrew)

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