Tel Aviv is a city on the southern coastal plain, the main city of the Gush Dan cities and with the second largest population in Israel. It is the first Jewish city founded by the Zionist movement outside of the old settlement and was therefore, nicknamed "the First Hebrew City". Tel Aviv is a metropolis which constitutes the center of economy and finances, culture, media and commerce of Israel. The central banking system of Israel, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, embassies and international representatives, the major newspapers in Israel, the National Theater, the Philharmonic Orchestra and many national cultural centers all call Tel Aviv home.
The city is the national employment center; the number employed in its domain in 2007 was 366,200 people or approximately 14% of the total number employed in the country. Approximately 200,000 of these people are commuters coming from the greater Gush Dan area. The White City of Tel Aviv holding the largest collection of buildings in the International Style (also known as the Bauhaus) was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2003 for its unique urban and historical value.
From Jerusalem: One hour
Location: The community is situated in the older northern area of Tel Aviv.
Cost: Average rental cost for a 3 room apartment in the community: 3500 NIS a month
4 room apartment: 4500 NIS Property tax in the general community neighborhood: 32 NIS a meter per year
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The number of residents in Tel Aviv is approximately 393,000, about 5.4% of the Israeli population and 12.4% of the residents of the Gush Dan Metropolis. Tel Aviv - Jaffa is a mixed city; about 92% of its residents are Jewish, 4.3% are Arabs and the rest members of other communities. In fact, only Jaffa is characterized by a mixed Jewish-Arab population while the city of Tel Aviv itself (without Jaffa) is mostly Jewish.
The climate in Tel Aviv is classic Mediterranean. Cool and rainy in winter and hot and humid summers with no precipitation. .
Tel Aviv is the cultural heart of Israel with large number of cultural institutions and entertainment and where the majority of media members, stars, entertainers and most of the cultural giants live. By large, Tel Aviv is the central source of Modern Hebrew and Israeli culture. Most theaters began in Tel Aviv’s early days as a city especially during the British Mandate. "Habima", "Haohel" and "Matatei" were the first Hebrew theaters in town and they developed during this period. During the 40’s the Cameri Theater, the Municipal Theater and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra operating from Tel Aviv were established. In Tel Aviv one may also find the leading Cultural Halls, including the Performing Arts Center, which serves as a home for the Cameri Theater, the Opera House and the Habima Theatre to name just a few. There is the largest concentration of art galleries and museums in Tel Aviv whose constant array of activities and rich cultural atmosphere has made it known as the non-stop city.
There are more than 150 educational institutions located in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The most important one today is Tel Aviv University, Israel's largest research University and the largest Jewish institution of higher education in the world. Other academic institutions include the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the Afeka Academic College of Engineering in Tel Aviv. Among the teacher training institutions are The Levinsky College of Education established in 1912 and the Kibbutz Seminary.