Jerusalem is comprised of:
Armon HaNatziv, Arnona – North Talpiot, Baka (Geulim), Bayit Vegan, French Hill, GermanColony, Gilo, Givat Mordechai, Givat Ram, Givat Shaul, Har Hotzvim, Har Nof, Homat Shmuel (Har Homa), Katamonim (Gonen), Kiryat Hayovel, Kiryat Moshe, Matersdorf, Mekor Chaim, Nachlaot, Neve Ya’akov, Old City, Old Katamon, Pisgat Zeev, Ramat Eshkol, Ramot, Rechavia, Romema, Shmuel Hanavi, Talbieh, Talpiot. Ranging from the historic Jewish Quarter of the Old City to ‘yuppy’ Katamon and Baka, suburban Har Nof and Pisgat Zeev, and bohemian Nachlaot, Jerusalem really does have something to offer everyone. The diverse community and lifestyle options means that you can find everything from a home in a quiet residential neighborhood to an apartment that’s right in the middle of the action. Whatever neighborhood of Jerusalem you choose, you are sure to be surrounded by fascinating sights, interesting people and all of the amenities of a modern city.
Jerusalem offers employment opportunities in a wide range of fields and industries.
Education / Youth
The diversity of Jerusalem’s residents is reflected in a wide range of educational options. Semi-private and public schools are spread throughout Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, servicing all sectors of the city’s population.
All of the public elementary schools in Jerusalem feed into junior high schools. In the Mamlachti-Dati system, the boys are automatically channeled to appointed junior high schools without going through any application process. The girls are interviewed by the junior high school and they must submit their report cards for review.
Prospective residents are advised to check with neighbors about educational options. It is not uncommon for children to travel outside of their neighborhoods for the appropriate elementary or secondary school.
Jerusalem also has a number of options for higher education. Israel’s oldest university, the Hebrew University, has two campuses in the city. In addition, there are numerous colleges, including Hadassah College Jerusalem, the David Yellin Academic College of Education, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts, and others.
Youth groups of all kinds can be found in Jerusalem, as well as supplementary formal and informal educational courses and clubs.
In Jerusalem, it is common for children to take public transportation or to walk to and from school.
Jerusalem has an extensive intra-city bus network. The buses run frequently, with routes all over the city, and transfers are available from one bus to another. Specific bus routes can be found on the Egged website (www.egged.co.il). Taxis are also available all over the city, and are a common form of transportation. In addition, the municipality is currently in the process of introducing a light rail system that will make transportation within the city far more pleasant.
A train leaves from the Malcha Mall area and goes to Tel Aviv via Beit Shemesh.
Inter-city buses to areas all over the country leave frequently from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station.
Jerusalem is definitely a place where it is truly possible to live without a car. Just about everything a person might need is a short walk or bus ride away. Not having a car also eliminates the need to worry about parking issues, which can often be somewhat frustrating in the more central parts of the city.
While Jerusalem is the largest city in the country, its established residents do their best to ensure that new immigrants do not fall through the cracks. Much of the support network centers around local synagogues and Matnasim (community centers). One of the positive aspects for comfortable absorption in Jerusalem is the easy access to Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Absorption), other government offices, Ulpan classes, job counseling and training, and other support services.
The Nefesh B’Nefesh offices are located in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem. The central offices of AACI and the Jewish Agency are also located in the city. The O.U. Israel Center is located in the Rehavia neighborhood.
Amenities / Services
Every neighborhood has its own mini-market, and most have a full-size supermarket nearby. In Jerusalem, you can find stores of just about every variety.
There is a large, American-style mall on the edge of the city (Malcha Mall), and smaller malls and shopping centers spread throughout. Talpiyot is a major shopping and recreational area.
The famous Machane Yehuda open market is located in downtown Jerusalem.
Restaurants suitable for every budget, palate, and level of Kashrut can be found in Jerusalem. The city has a particularly nice selection of cafes.
Kupot Cholim (healthcare) clinics of all of the available healthcare providers are spread throughout the city, as are medical practitioners in every field. It is quite easy to find physicians who speak English. The world-famous Hadassah Hospital is located both in the Ein Kerem neighborhood and the Mount Scopus neighborhood. There are also the smaller, but impressive Sharei Tzedek and Bikkur Holimhospitals.
Jerusalem hosts branches of every government office. Libraries, public parks and cultural sites are located throughout the city.
Community and Religious Life
Jerusalem, the center of religious life for the country, offers hundreds of synagogues for every imaginable taste. In considering the range of options, it is important to clarify for yourself what you consider ideal in terms of religious lifestyle, as certain areas of the city cater to specific population groups and religious approaches.
Matnasim are peppered throughout the city, as well as government agencies and offices.
Real estate closer to the city center tends to be more expensive. Every type of housing is available in Jerusalem including aparthotels, efficiency units, duplex apartments and free-standing, exquisite homes. There is a wide range of prices, with properties costing as little as $200,000 in areas that are less popular among English speakers and as much as $5 million in the more desirable parts of town. For the most part, residents of Jerusalem live in apartments.
It is not unusual to find advertisements around the city with tenants looking for roommates.
Approximate Cost of Housing in Jerusalem*
2 bedroom apartments: from 1,100,000 NIS
3 bedroom apartments: from 1,500,000 NIS
4 bedroom apartments: from 1,800, 000 NIS
5 bedroom apartments: from 2,200,000 NIS
2 bedroom apartment: from 4,000 NIS
3 bedroom apartment: from 5,000 NIS
4 bedroom apartment: from 6,000 NIS
There are over 70 neighborhoods to choose from in Jerusalem – several have their own profiles, linked above.
Updated: August 2011
*Prices listed are for information purposes only and fluctuate according to neighborhood. Information provided is based on MJA Real Estate statistics as of July 2014