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Rishon LeZion, or Rishon LeZiyyon (ראשון לציון) is a city in Israel, on the central coastal strip, in the Center District of Israel, just south of Tel Aviv, and part of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area (Gush Dan). It is the 4th largest city in Israel with about 227,000 residents. Present mayor: Meir Nitzan.

Rishon history

Rishon was founded on July 31, 1882 by a group of Hovevei Zion (Zion lovers) from Kharkov, Russia, who purchased for this purpose the lands of the Arab village Eyun Kara. It is considered (along with Petah Tikva) as the first Zionist settlement in Israel.

The new settlers faced a lot of difficulties: sandy soil, lack of water, poverty and mainly the lack of agricultural experience. After the digging of the Great Well and a wave of new settlers arriving (the Biluim) the new settlement started to establish itself. It was later given into the custody of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild who supported the settlement and helped develop their agriculture, citrus fruit ("Pri Adar") and wine industry.

Rishon-LeZion, which literally means "The first to Zion", was a pioneer not only in erecting houses but also in cultural life. In Rishon, the first Hebrew school was founded in 1886, and the first Hebrew kindergarten was founded in 1899. In 1886, construction began on the Rishon Le-Zion winery. In Rishon, the national anthem of Israel, Hatikvah (The Hope), was written and the Flag of Israel was created.

The population numbered 266 in 1890. Five years later it had increased to 450, and in 1898 to 531.


The name Rishon LeZion literally means "The First to Zion", it was chosen because of the biblical verse:

from Book of Isaiah , chapter 41, verse 27.

Rishon's Parlaiment

The Rishon's Parlaiment is a mythological group of Rishon's elders and veterans which were known for their witt and special style. The group used to assemble about three times a week, discuss about current events and exchange anecdotes and jokes. Their stories were documented by Uri Porat and Amnon Nahmias and published in a series of stories in Yediot Aharonot and later in a book called Rishon - The Wild East.

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