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Ra'anana

Ra'anana is a city in the heart of the southern Sharon Plain of the Central District of Israel with a population of 80,000,. Ra'anana is bordered by Kfar Saba on the east and Herzliya on the southwest. While the majority of its residents are native-born Israelis, a large part of the population are immigrants from the Americas and Europe.Ra'anana's high tech industrial park is home to many leading global companies and local start up companies. It was designated a "Green City" award by the World Health Organization in 2005.HistoryIn 1912, the Company for Jewish Settlement in Israel formed the "Ahuza A – New York" group to purchase land in Israel for agricultural settlement. The First World War delayed their plans but on April 2, 1922, two wagons left the corner of Lilienblum and Herzl Streets in Tel Aviv carrying 4 "Ahuza" members, 3 laborers and 2 armed watchmen. After a 5-hour journey, they unloaded their baggage at the place destined to become Ra'anana.In its early days, the settlement was called "Ahuza A – New York." The Arabs of the region called it "Little America" as most of its residents were English speakers and came from New York. Later it was renamed "Ra'anania" and finally the founding settlers chose "Ra'anana" as its official name. By the War of Independence, it was a village of 3,000 residents.By the late 1960s, it had a population of 8,500 spanning an area of 15km2. In the 1980s Ra'anana was declared a city.Local governmentMayorsBaruch Ostrovsky (1931–1955, 1957-1959)Michael Pasweig (1955–1957, 1959-1960)Yitzhak Skolnik(1960–1969)Benyamin Wolfovich(1969–1989)Ze'ev Bielski (1989–2005, 2013–present)Nahum Hofree (2005–2013)
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