Street Names in Rehovot

Below are some of the streets in Rehovot with the meaning behind the names. If you know of a street that is not listed or if you know who the street was named after, please drop us a line and let us know.

The municipality has put up a number of signs that tell the story behind the name. The sign pictured here is for Eliezer Harbavsky Street. Harbavsky was the first pharmacist in the moshava.

The list is far from complete and names are being added weekly.
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A

Avinoam Nechmani

Abarbanel

Avreich (Chana)

Aharonovitz (Yosef)

Aharoni (Yisrael)

Odem

Ussishkin (Menachem)

Oppenheimer

Aurbach (Chaim)

Achad Ha'am

Asher Hirsch Ginsberg (1856 - 1927), also known by the pen name, or pseudonym, Ahad Ha'am, Ahad Ha-'Am, Achad Ha'am, or Echad Ha'am, (Hebrew: one of the people, compare with L.L. Zamenhof's Unuel), was an essayist, and one of the great pre-state Zionist thinkers.

Born in Skvyra, today Ukraine, Ginsberg was a friend and supporter of Leon Pinsker, and a leader of the Hovevei Zion (lovers of Zion) movement. Hovevei Zion began as independent study circles in the late 19th century, and formed a confederation called Hibbath Tziyon (love for Zion). Their practical aim was settlement of Jews in Palestine, and they produced the settlements of the first Aliya (immigration wave). The Zionist settlement program of those days was, however, beset by nearly insurmountable practical difficulties, so that many of these settlements failed or were failing.

Founded the Bnei Moshe Society. *

Achim Travis

Achim Kibovitz

Allumot

Alex Zvi

Almog

Alkali

Amorim

Amnon V'Tamar

Omri (Chaim)

Anilevitz (Mordecai)

Ashrov

Argaman

Arlozorov

Arzi (Zev)

B

Be'er Mayim Chayim

Begin (Menachem)

Menachem Wolfovich Begin (August 16, 1913 – March 9, 1992) was a Polish-Jewish head of the Zionist underground group the Irgun, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the first Likud Prime Minister of Israel. *

Bosal (Yosef)

Bustan

Bustanai

The first Jewish exilarch (ruler) of the Jewish exiles in Bavel.

Bergen (Yehoshua)

Borochov (Dov Ber)

Dov Ber Berochov (1881-1917) was a Marxist Zionist and one of the founders of the Labour Zionist movement.*

Biller (Kalman)

Bilu

Bilu (Hebrew: ביל"ו‎; acronym based on a verse from the Book of Isaiah (2:5) Beit Ya'akov Lekhu Ve-nelkha" ("House of Jacob, let us go [up]") was a group of Jewish idealists aspiring to settle in the Land of Israel with the political purpose to redeem Eretz Yisrael and re-establish the Jewish State on it.

The first group of Biluim was founded by fourteen ex-university students from Kharkov who in July 1882 arrived in Palestine, then a province of the Ottoman Empire. The same month, after an unsuccessful attempt to attend a Jewish farming school in Mikveh Israel, they joined Hovevei Zion pioneers in establishing Rishon LeZion ("First to Zion") as an agricultural cooperative on the purchased lands of the Arab village Eyun Kara. It lacked sufficient fresh water and within a few months, facing starvation, most of them left.

They turned to Baron Edmond James de Rothschild for help, and he provided funds in order to create a wine industry in Palestine. In 1886, construction began on the Rishon Le-Zion winery and eventually it became a successful wine-exporting enterprise.

Beit Hapoalim

Becher

Bilha

Belkind (Yisrael)

Israel Belkind (1861-1929) was one of the founders of the Bilu movement. He reached Palestine in July 1882 and worked in Mikveh Israel, Rishon LeZion and settled in Gedera. Belkind was the person who proposed the name "Rehovot" for the city name.

Ben Aharon (Yosef)

Ben Ephrayim (Naftali)

Ben Ari (Shraga)

Ben Gurion

David Ben-Gurion (October 16, 1886 – December 1, 1973; )was the first Prime Minister of Israel. As a child, Ben-Gurion developed a boundless passion towards the ideals of Zionism. This drive resulted in David's instrumental role in the founding of the state of Israel at the expiration of the British Mandate. After leading Israel to victory in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, he oversaw the establishment of the state's institutions and vast influx of immigrants. Upon retiring from political life in 1970 , he returned to Sde Boker where he passed away. Posthumously, Ben-Gurion was named one of Time (magazine)'s 100 Most Important People of the Century.*

Ben Gera

Ben David (Pinchas)

Ben Zakai (Gamliel)

Ben Chananya (Yehoshua)

Joshua ben Hananiah was a leading tanna of the first half-century following the destruction of the Temple. He was of Levitical descent (Ma'as. Sh. v. 9), and served in the sanctuary as a member of the class of singers (Arakhin 11b). His mother intended him for a life of study, and, as an older contemporary, Dosa b. Harkinas, relates (Yer. Yeb. 3a), she carried the child in his cradle into the synagogue, so that his ears might become accustomed to the sounds of the words of the Torah. It was probably with reference to his pious mother that Johanan b. Zakkai thus expressed himself concerning Joshua ben Hananiah: "Hail to thee who gave him birth" (Ab. ii. 8). According to another tradition (Ab. R. N. xiv.) Johanan b. Zakkai praised him in the words from Eccl. iv. 12: "And a threefold cord is not quickly broken." Perhaps he meant that in Joshua the three branches of traditional learning, Midrash, Halakah, and Aggadah, were united in a firm whole; or possibly he used the passage in the sense in which it was employed later (Eccl. R. iv. 14; B. B. 59a), to show that Joshua belonged to a family of scholars even to the third generation. *

Ben Yehuda (Eliezer)

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (January 7, 1858 – December 16, 1922), was principally responsible for the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language from its previous state as a liturgical language. *

Ben Yehuda (Menachem)

Ben Yisrael (Menashe)

Ben Zion

Banari

Banari (Yitzchak)

Bnai Brith

The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith (Hebrew: בני ברית, "Sons of the Covenant") is the oldest continually-operating Jewish service organization in the world. It was founded in New York City by Henry Jones and 11 others on October 13, 1843.

The organization is engaged in a wide variety of community service and welfare activities, including the promotion of Jewish rights, assisting hospitals and victims of natural disasters, awarding scholarships to Jewish college students, and opposing anti-Semitism through its Center for Human Rights and Public Policy. *

Bnei Moshe

A group in Warsaw that established the Menucha V'Nachala Society to purchase lan din Israel for a settlement that became Rehovot

Binyamin

Baal Hatanya

Shneur Zalman of Liadi ‎ (1745-09-04 - 1812-12-15 OS), was an Orthodox Rabbi, and the founder and first Rebbe of Chabad, a branch of Hasidic Judaism, then based in Liadi, Imperial Russia. He was the author of many works, and is best known for Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Tanya and his Siddur compiled according to the Arizal. He is also known as Shneur Zalman Baruchovitch, Reb Schneur Zalman, RaZaSh, Baal HaTanya vehaShulchan Aruch, the Alter Rebbe ("Old Rebbe" in Yiddish), or The Rav. *

Beckman (Noach)

Becker

Bar Ilan (Harav)

Bar Kochba

Bar Kokhba’s revolt (132–135) against the Roman Empire, also known as The Second Jewish-Roman War or The Second Jewish Revolt, was a second major rebellion by the Jews of Iudaea and the last of Jewish-Roman Wars. Alternatively, some sources call it The Third Revolt, counting also the riots of 115–117, the Kitos War, suppressed by the general Lusius Quietus who governed the province at the time. *

Bar Shaul (Harav)

Elimelech Bar Shaul (1913 - 1965) was the Chief Rabbi of Rehovot.

Bergman (A.D)

Barzilai (Moshe)

Barlev (Chaim)

Berman (Harav Yaakov)

Brenner

Bareket

Emerald in Hebrew

Bashari (Avraham)

Bashisat (Mordecai)

Bsmat

C

Chava Lutski

Named after one of the pioneers of Rehovot.

D

Dahrei Shalom

Duvdevan

Dubnov (Shimon)

David ( Harav Yisrael)

Dolev

Dolinsky (Ehud)

Dondikov (Avraham)

Dor (Yehuda)

Dayan (Shimon)

Dalia

Danieli (Amos)

Dafna

Dror

E

Eisenberg (Aaron)

One of the first settlers of Rehovot

Einstein (Prof.)

Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who is widely considered to have been one of the greatest physicists of all time. While best known for the theory of relativity (and specifically mass-energy equivalence, E=mc²), he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” *

Ella

Eliezer (Yakovzon)

Eliezer (David)

Effel

Erlich (Zvi)

Einstein (Prof.)

Ella

Eliezer (Yakovzon)

Eliezer (David)

Effel

Erlich (Zvi)

Eshed (Shimon)

Etzel

Etzel is the common Israeli name for Irgun Tzvai-Leumi, or Irgun. Irgun shorthand for Irgun Tsvai Leumi, also spelled Irgun Zvai Leumi, Hebrew for "National Military Organization", was a clandestine militant Zionist group that operated in Palestine from 1931 to 1948. In Israel, this group is commonly referred to as Etzel, an acronym of the Hebrew initials. In the time in which the Irgun operated, often people referred to the Irgun as ' (haganah bet) or (haganah ha'leumit). As the armed expression of the nascent ideology of Revisionist Zionism, it was a political predecessor movement to Israel's right-wing Herut (or "Freedom") party. *

Esther V'Avraham

Eshkol (Levi)

Eshel

Egoz

F

G

Golden (Shlomo)

Treasurer of the Menuchala V'Nachala Society

H

Herzl

Benjamin Ze'ev (Theodor) Herzl (Hungarian: Herzl Tivadar, (Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl)) (May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904) was an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist who founded modern political Zionism. *

Hadmor M'Kretchnif

The Rabbi of Kretchnif. See the Rehovot Kretchnif page

Hachim Travis

Ha'Irusim

Ha'imahot

Ha'erez

The Cedar

Ha'Ari

Ha'eshkoliot

The Grapefruit

Ha'etrog

The Etrog

Ha'bosem

Ha'ben ish chai

Ha'banim

The Sons

Ha'Besht

Ha'Brosh

The Cypress Tree

Ha'Brigada

Ha'Gionim

Ha'Golan

Ha'Goren

Ha'Galil

The Galilee

Ha'Gilad

Ha'Gefen

Ha'Gra

Ha'dagniot

Ha'dekel

The Palm Tree

Hadar

Ha'Haganah

Ha'Hadas

The Myrtle

Ha'Histadrut

Hoz (Dov)

Holzberg (Simcha)

Holzman (Chaim)

Horowitz (Zvi)

Ha'Zohar

The Zohar

Ha'Zayit

Ha'Chavurah

Ha'Chitah

The Wheat

Ha'Chalutz

Ha'Yasmin

The Jasmine

Ha'Yekev

Ha'Yarden

Ha'Kalaniyot

The Anemones

Ha'Kerem

Ha'Limon

Hillel (Yaakov)

Ha'Madah

Ha'Meyasdim

Ha'Melachim

Ha'Manof

Ha'Mapil

Ha'Marganit

Ha'Mered

Ha'Neviim

Ha'Notar

Ha'Nurit

Ha'Narkisim

Ha'Nasi HaRishon

Has (Moshe)

Ha'Saviyon

Ha'Sigaliyot

Ha'Smadar

Ha'Avoda

Ha'Irit

Ha'Aliyah

The Aliyah

Ha'Amdut

Ha'Poal Ha'Zair

Ha'Pereg

Ha'Pardess

The Orchard

Ha'Pardesanim

The Partisans

Ha'Zivoni

Ha'Kibbutzim

The Kibbitzim

Har Avital

Mount Avital

Har Arbel

Mount Arbel

Har Hazaytim

Mount of Olives

Har Hachermon

Mount Hermon

Har Hamoriya

Mount Moriah

Har Hanegev

Mount Negev

Har Hazofim

Mount Zofim

Har Canaan

Mount Canaan

Har Meron

Mount Meron

Har Navo

Mount Navo

Har Zion

Mount Zion

Har Shlomo

Mount Shlomo

Har Tabor

Mount Tabor

HaRaz

Harel (Mordecai)

Hardof

Haroeh

Harotem

Harei Adom

Harei HaGilboa

The mountains of Gilboa

Harei HaShomron

The mountains of the Shomron

Harei Yehuda

The mountains of Yehuuda

Ha'Rimon

The Pomegranite

Herman Maas

Herzog (Harav)

Rabbi Herzog

Herzl

Ha'Rekafot

Hirschenson (Rachel)

Ha'Shomrim

The Guards

Ha'Shoftim

Ha'Shalom

The Peace

Ha'Seora

Ha'Shaked

Hashkama

Ha'Sharon

Ha'Te'aina

The Fig

Ha'Tamar

The Date

Ha'Tenaim

The Figs

Ha'Tapuz

The Orange

I

Iben Gevirol

Solomon ibn Gabirol, also Solomon ben Judah (Shelomo ben Yehuda ibn Gabirol; Abu Ayyūb Suleiman ibn Yahya ibn Jabirūl; Latin: Avicebron, a corruption of Ibn Gabirol) was an Andalucian Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher. He was born in Málaga about 1021; died about 1058 in Valencia.

Ibn Ezra

Abraham ben Meir ibn Ezra (also known as Abenezra) (1092 or 1093-1167), was one of the most distinguished Jewish men of letters and writers of the Middle Ages. Ibn Ezra excelled in philosophy, astronomy/astrology, medicine, poetry, linguistics, and exegesis; he was called The Wise, The Great and The Admirable Doctor.

He was born at Tudela, (current day province of Navarra) when the town was under Muslim rule. He left his native land of Spain before 1140 on account of the vexations inflicted on the Jews. He led a life of restless wandering, which took him to North Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Italy (Rome, Rodez, Lucca, Mantua, Verona), Southern France (Narbonne, Béziers), Northern France (Dreux), England (London), and back again to the South of France, until his death on January 23 or 28th, 1167, the exact location unknown.

The Abenezra crater on the Moon was named in his honour. *

J

Jabotinski

Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky also known as Ze'ev Zhabotinski, 18 October 1880 – 4 August 1940) was a Zionist leader, author, orator, soldier, and founder of the Jewish Legion in World War I. *

K

L

M

Miller Tova & Tuvia

A prominent and early citizen of Rehovot

Menucha V'Nachala

A society established by the Bnei Moshe of Warsaw. It was started to purchase land in Israel and build a settlement independent of Baron Rothschild. The words mean: "Rest and Settlement".

N

O

P

Q

R

S

Shimoni (David)

David Shimoni (Shimonovitz 1886 -1956), poet, born in Bobruisk, Russia.

T

Tadhar

Tor Haviv

Tamir (Akiva)

Taran

The Hebrew date 5650 coresponding to 1890, the year Rehovot was established.

Tarshish

U

V

W

X

Y

Yair

Derech Yavne

The main road that connects Rehovot to the community of Yavne

Yad  Vashem

Yadin (Yigael)

Yehoash

Yehuda Halevi

Judah Ha-Levi, also Yehudah Halevi, or Judah ben Samuel Halevi (c.1075–1141) was a Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet. He was born in Tudela, Navarre, Spain. *

Yehuda Hamacabi

Judas Maccabeus (or Judah Maccabee, Yehudah HaMakabi) was the third son of the Jewish priest Mattathias. He led the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire (167-160 BC) and is acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history alongside Joshua, Gideon and David. *

Yehonatan

Yahalom

Diamond in Hebrew

Yom Hakippurim

Yoseph (Yehoshua)

Yosephson (Yehuda Leib)

Yechezkel

Yechi (Yigael)

Yellin (Chaim)

Yaakov

Yakovson (Eliezer)

Yakovi

Derech Yerushalayim

Yermiyahu

Yeshayahu

Yisrael (Harav David)

Yatom (Moshe)

Z

Zilberman Shaul

Zacharia (Moshe)

Zacks (Ephraim)

*

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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What to See

Clore Garden of Science
On the grounds of the Weizmann Institute is a wonderful science park that will educate and entertain young and old. The Clore Garden of Science - the museum-without-walls is an outdoor museum with interactive science exhibits. It is best enjoyed by people over the age of five.

Ayalon Institute
Just north of the city, tucked behind the shiny buildings that make up the new Science Park, is an important piece of modern Israeli history that has been hidden beneath the ground for many years. In 1946 the Haganah opened a secret underground bullet factory that produced over 2 million bullets between 1946-1948. call ahead for reservations. 08 940-6552.

The house of Abraham Dondikov, one of the founders of Rehovot, was built on the top of the hill called "Hirbat-Douran", at the beginning of Rehovot history. The restored Dondikov House operates as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of local artists. In the yard, there are few artifacts such as old Eucalyptus trees and part of the original garden wall. In the future, Dondikov House will act as a municipal museum, featuring the history of Rehovot.