Holon (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 area. In 2016 it had a population of 190,838.
the second-largest industrial zone in Israel, after Haifa.[citation
3 Urban development
4 Local government
9 Notable residents
10 Twin towns – sister cities
12 External links
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,
Holon was founded on sand dunes six kilometers (3.7 miles) from Tel
Aviv in 1935. The Łódzia textile factory was established there by
Jewish immigrants from Łódź, Poland, along with many other
industrial enterprises. In the early months of the 1948
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
Haganah militia units on Tel A-Rish was repulsed with
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.
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
of Caricature and Comics.
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
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. 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. 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.
Haim Kugel – 1940 to 1953
Pinhas Eylon – 1953 to 1987
Haim Sharon – 1987 to 1988
Moshe Rom – 1988 to 1993
Moti Sasson – 1993 to present
Yanshul, symbol of the
Holon Children's Museum
Holon 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 is also one of the host cities
Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series in March. Israeli
Pinchas Zukerman runs a summer music camp in the city for
young violinists. Since the election of Mayor
Moti Sasson in 1993,
many cultural projects have been inaugurated. Billing itself as a
Holon is home to the
Holon Children's Museum
Holon Children's Museum and
the Mediatheque youth theater.
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.
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
Holon Fashion Week (known as HoF13), among them milliner
Stephen Jones and BioCouture founder Suzanne Lee.
Holon hosts the only digital arts and media arts festival
in Israel, Print Screen Festival. The festival was established
In 1954, the president of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, helped to establish
Samaritan quarter on the outskirts of Holon. The quarter was named
Neve Pinchas after Pinhas Ben-Abraham, the high priest of the
Holon is one of only two cities in the world to have a Samaritan
community, the other being the village of
Kiryat Luza on Mount Gerizim
Nablus on the West Bank.
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (January
Collège-Lycée franco-israélien Raymond Leven is located in
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]
Omri Casspi, October 2013
David D'Or, 2004
Moshik Afia (born 1974), singer
Chen Aharoni (born 1990), singer
Oz Almog (born 1956), Israeli-Austrian artist & author
Rafi Amit, poker player
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 (born 1988), NBA basketball player (Golden State Warriors)
Bat-Sheva Dagan (born 1925), Holocaust survivor, teacher,
David D'Or (born 1966), countertenor & composer; Israel's 2001
Singer of the Year
Ilona Feher (1949–1988), violinist
Dana International (born 1972), pop singer
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 (born 1991), singer
Avihu Medina (born 1948), composer, arranger, songwriter, and singer
Adir Miller (born 1974), actor, screenwriter and comedian
Moshe Mizrahi (born 1980), Israeli basketball player
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 (born 1989), football player
Arie Vardi (born 1937), pianist & teacher
Rahel Vigdozchik (born 1989), Olympic rhythmic gymnast
Avraham Yosef (born 1949), rabbi and son of Ovadia Yosef
Rami Yosifov (born 1966), guitarist of Teapacks
Twin towns – sister cities
Sister city shields at the city entrance
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Israel
Holon is twinned with:
Mitte in Berlin, Germany
Dayton, Ohio, USA
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,
^ a b The Guide to Israel, Zeev Vilnay, Hamakor Press, Jerusalem,
^ "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,
^ Aderet, Ofer (June 9, 2011). "
Holon seeking to preserve 18 historic
sites". Haaretz. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
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.
Holon Municipality. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
^ "Israeli cultural scene explodes with dynamic music, fiction, art".
Jweekly. June 5, 1998. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
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 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.
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Holon Municipality official site (English)
Holon Foundation (English)
Design Museum Holon
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Hapoel Holon Basketball Club official site (Hebrew)
Holon's Story Gardens (1/2)
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Holon city (Hebrew)
Holon H-500 Information Arena (English and Hebrew)
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