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|ISO = Ḥdera|arname = الخضيرة|meaning=|pushpin_map = Israel haifa#Israel|pushpin_mapsize = 25032N55region:ILdisplay=inline,title}}|founded = 1891|type=city|typefrom = 1952|stdHeb=|altOffSp=|altUnoSp=|country = {{ISR}}|district = haifaYear}}Hadera}}reference}}|area_dunam = 53000Zvi Gendelman>Zvika Gendelman|website =weblink}}Hadera (, WEB,weblink دائرة الأجراء - الخضيرة, Execution Chamber, Hadera, ar, Law Enforcement and Collection System Authority, ) is a city located in the Haifa District of Israel, in the northern Sharon region, approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the major cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa. The city is located along 7 km (5 mi) of the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal Plain. The city's population includes a high proportion of immigrants arriving since 1990, notably from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. In {{Israel populations|Year}} it had a population of {{Israel populations|Hadera}}.{{Israel populations|reference}}Hadera was established in 1891 as a farming colony by members of the Zionist group, Hovevei Zion, from Lithuania and Latvia. By 1948, it was a regional center with a population of 11,800. In 1952, Hadera was declared a city, with jurisdiction over an area of 53,000 dunams.


Ottoman era

File:PikiWiki Israel 5726 Pupils in Hadera.jpg|thumb|Jewish schoolJewish school(File:חדרה - מראה חלקי.-JNF045492.jpeg|thumb|Hadera, 1940)Hadera was founded on Tu BiShvat 5651 (24 January 1891), in the early days of modern Zionism by Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Latvia on land purchased by Yehoshua Hankin, known as the Redeemer of the Valley.WEB,weblink Hadera, Jewish Virtual Library, 2008-10-25, The land was purchased from a Christian effendi, Selim Khuri. This was the largest purchase of land in Eretz Israel by a Zionist group, although the land was of low quality and mostly swampland. The only inhabitants prior to the purchase were a few families raising water buffaloes and selling reeds.BOOK,weblink The Claim of Dispossession: Jewish Land-Settlement and the Arabs, 1878-1948, 93, Transaction Publishers, 0-87855-964-7, 1984, 2008-10-25, Avneri, Aryeh L., The village was named after Wadi al-KhudeiraBOOK, 1959, Yehoshua Levinzon, HaSharon, Ma'arachot, Tel Aviv,weblink חדרה נקראה על שם הנחל הסמוך, אשר קטע ממנו נקרא בערבית ואדי חודֵירה - הנחל הירקרק., (),BOOK, 1838, The Survey of Western Palestine: A General Index, 1, Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, London, 155,weblink as the nearby section of Hadera Stream was known. Earlier, the whole Hadera Stream had been known as Nahr Akhdar ().BOOK, An Introduction to the Survey of Western Palestine: its Waterways, Plains, & Highlands, 1881, Trelawney Saunders, Richard Bentley and Son, London,weblink 24,32-33, The Crusaders called the location Lictera – a corruption of the Arabic name, el-Khudeira. From the outset, attempts were made to pick instead a Hebrew name for the new settlement.BOOK, Israel, Roots & Routes: A Nation Living in Its Landscape, Irit Zaharoni, 1990, 288, Ministry of Defense (Israel), About half a year after it was founded, rabbi Ya'akov Goldman reported on an event in "the moshav of Hadere, that is, Hatzor".BOOK, מירושלם, Mirushalayim, 1, Ze'ev Yavetz, 1891, Tammuz 5651 (July-Aug), Warsaw, Schuldberg Brothers, Ya'akov Goldman, שאר ישוב, 13), לנחלת חדֶרי (היא חצור) כבר נעשתה "מֻצְדַקְיָה", The name Liktera was in preferential use by the British military during World War I.BOOK, Through Palestine with the 20th Machine Gun Squadron, London, 1920, 113,weblink the Brigade, winding its way through the groves, came out into the pretty little Village of Liktera (a Jewish settlement called by them Hudeira), BOOK, The Battle for Syria, 1918-1920, John D. Grainger, Boydell Press, 2013, 133,weblink At Liktera (also called Hadera) on the Nahr el-Mafjir, another five miles on, the division halted, 9781843838036, Baron Rothschild's surveyor, Yitzhak Goldhar, claimed that Hadera was founded on the site of the former town called Gedera of Caesarea (), as mentioned in Tosefta Shevi'it, ch. 7.BOOK, אדמת קדש, Admat Kodesh, Yitzhak Goldhar, Jiddisch Literarische Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main, 1913, 4. הימים שמקיפין את ארץ ישראל., 83–84, כמעט באמצע המרחק שבין עין טב ולבין קיסרין במרחק 2½ קילומיטר למערבה של החורבה הנקראת תל דרור היא עיר דאר שבחלק מנשה (ב) נוסדה (בשנת התרנ"א) מושבה של יהודים שקראו לה חֶידֶירֶה ואולם גדרה שמה לראשונה כי המושבה הזאת נבנתה במקום אשר לפנים היתה עיר גדרה של קיסרין הנזכרת בתוספתא שביעית פ"ז: ושאר כל ארצות אוכלין עד שיכלו מבית אל ומגדרה של קיסרין. [...] בגדרה של קיסרין יושבים כעת ארבעים בעלי בתים ולהם שדות וכרמים ובתים טובים. כל שטח אדמתם עולה בערך שלשים אלף דולאם., Benjamin Mazar preferred to locate ancient Gador, formerly known as Gedera by Caesaria, at Tell Ahḍar ("green hill"), later known as Tell esh Sheikh ZiraqArchaeological Survey of Israel weblink and currently as Tel Gador, on the coast south of Giv'at Olga.JOURNAL, B. Maisler, Der Distrikt Śrq in den Samarischen Ostraka, The Journal of the Palestine Oriental Society, 1934, 96–100, Für (A)gdōr = Gedera kommt m.E. kein anderer Punkt so sehr in Betracht, als Tell Ahḍar an der Meeresküste, kaum 7 km. südlich von Caesarea. Tell Ahḍar ist eine ausgedehnte Ruinenstätte, die zahlreiche antike Säulen und sonstige Reste aus römischer Zeit aufweist., Others say that the ancient Gadera should be identified with Umm Qais or with al-Judeira.The first Jewish settlers lived in a building known as the Khan near Hadera's main synagogue.{{Citation needed|date=August 2019}} The population consisted of ten families and four guards. Baron Edmond de Rothschild provided funding for Egyptian laborers to drain the swamps.BOOK, Gilbert, Martin, Israel, a History, 1998, Morrow, 0-688-12362-7, 9,weblink Old tombstones in the local cemetery reveal that out of a population of 540, 210 died of malaria.BOOK,weblink Israel Handbook, 532, Winter, Dave, Footprint Travel Guides, 1999, 1-900949-48-2, 2008-10-25, Therefore a Bible verse from the Psalms (Tehillim) was inscribed in the city's logo: "Those who sow in tears, will reap with songs of joy." (Ps 126:5) Hashomer guards kept watch over the fields to prevent incursions by the neighboring Bedouin.By the early twentieth century, Hadera had become the regional economic center. In 1913, the settlement included forty households, as well as fields and vineyards, stretching over 30,000 dunam.

British Mandate

Land disputes in the area were resolved by the 1930s, and the population had grown to 2,002 in 1931. Free schooling was introduced in the city in 1937 in all schools apart from the Histadrut school.BOOK,weblink The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State, 1999, Princeton University Press, 0-691-00967-8, 255, Sternhell, Zeev, Zeev Sternhell, 2008-10-25, File:Givat Olga.jpg|thumb|Members of Yiftach BrigadeYiftach BrigadeFile:Hadera 1932.jpg|thumb|Hadera 1932 1:20,000File:Hadera 1945.jpg|thumb|Hadera 1945 1:250,000

State of Israel

Hadera's population increased dramatically in 1948 as immigrants flocked to the country. Most of the newcomers were from Europe, but 40 Yemenite families settled there, too. In 1953, Israel's first paper mill opened in Hadera. Financed by investors from Israel, United States, Brazil and Australia, the mill was designed to meet all of Israel's paper needs.NEWS,weblink First Paper Mill Opened in Israel; Plant at Hadera is Expected to Help Nation Cut Currency Gap $1,000,000 a Year, New York Times, 1953-12-18, 2008-10-25, New neighborhoods were built, among them Givat Olga on the coast, and Beit Eliezer in the east of the city. In 1964, Hadera was declared a city.In the 1990s, large numbers of Russian and Ethiopian immigrants settled in Hadera. Hadera, considered a safe place by its inhabitants, was jolted by several acts of terrorism, including a massacre of six civilians at a Bat MitzvahBat mitzvah massacre in Israel leaves seven dead, Phil Reeves, 18 January 2002 and a suicide bomber who blew himself up at a falafel stand on October 26, 2005, killing seven civilians,WEB,weblink Larissa Grishchenko, GxMSDev, WEB,weblink Woman injured in Hadera terror attack dies 4 years later, ynet, and 55 were injured, of them five in severe condition.WEB,weblink Suicide bomber rocks Hadera market, 27 October 2005,, In addition, four civilians were killed when a terrorist opened fire on pedestrians at a bus stop on October 28, 2001.Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000 However, since the construction of the nearby West Bank barrier, the frequency of such incidents has dropped drastically. On August 4, 2006, three rockets fired by Hezbollah hit Hadera. Hadera is {{convert|50|mi|0}} south of the Lebanese border and marked the farthest point inside Israel hit by Hezbollah.NEWS,weblink For first time: Hizbullah targets Hadera area, 2006-08-04, 2008-11-30, Ynet News, In the 2000s, the city center was rejuvenated, a high-tech business park was constructed, and the world's largest desalination plant was built.NEWS,weblink New Urbanism, Israeli Style, 2008-11-28, Haaretz, WEB, Rabinovitch, Ari,weblink Israel opens largest desalination plant of its kind, Reuters, 2013-03-26, New neighborhoods are under construction in the underdeveloped northeastern part of the city, and plans are under way for a large park, shopping malls and hotels with a total of 1,800 rooms. The city is envisaged as a future vacation destination due to its closeness to the Galilee, beaches, and access to major highways.No Longer a Backwater, Hadera Plans Big Push - Inside Israel - News - Israel National News

Geography and wildlife

(File:Xaddera124.jpg|thumb|Hadera municipality building)Hadera is located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastal plain, {{convert|45|km|0|abbr=on}} north of Tel Aviv.WEB,weblink Telfed takes on next target: Hadera, 1 May 2009,, The city's jurisdiction covers {{convert|53,000|dunam|km2 sqmi|1}}, making it the fourth largest city in the country. Nahal Hadera Park, a eucalyptus forest covering {{convert|1,300|dunam|km2 sqmi|1}} and Hasharon Park are located on the outskirts of Hadera.Hot water gushing from the Hadera power plant draws schools of hundreds of sandbar and dusky sharks every winter. Scientists are researching the rare phenomenon, which is unknown in the vicinity. It is speculated that the water, which is ten degrees warmer than the rest of the sea, may be the attraction.Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant


Hadera lies along two main Israel Railways lines: the Coastal Line and the nowadays freight-only Eastern Line. The city's railway station is located in the west of the city and is on the Tel Aviv suburban line which runs between Binyamina and Ashkelon. The city center of Hadera is located near Israel's two main north-south highways; Highway 2, linking Tel Aviv to Haifa, and Highway 4. This made Hadera an important junction for all coastal bus transportation after 1948 and into the 1950s.


(File:Orot rabin.JPG|thumb|Orot Rabin power plant)Hadera Paper, established in 1953, continues to be a major employer in the city. The world's largest desalination plant of its type,WEB, Rinat, Zafrir,weblink Where will the water go? - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News,, 2008-04-02, 2011-09-16, was inaugurated in December 2009. Hadera is the location of the Orot Rabin Power Plant, Israel's largest power station.WEB, Paz, Shelly,weblink Greenpeace protests at Hadera power plant | Israel | Jerusalem Post,, 2007-03-01, 2009-05-05,


According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, as of October 2013, Hadera had a population of 91,634 which is growing at an annual rate of 1.2%.WEB,weblink Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents, 2010-06-30, 2010-10-30, As of 2003, the city had a population density of 1,516.6 per km2.WEB,weblink Population and Density per Km² in Localities Numbering Above 5,000 Residents, 2003, 2008-03-15, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, 55th Statistical Yearbook, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-02-29, Of the city's population of 2013 of 91,634, approximately 23,407 were immigrants, many from Ethiopia.According to a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Hadera had a population of 540 inhabitants, consisting of 450 Jews, 89 Muslims and 1 Christian.weblink Hadera has grown steadily since 1948, when the city had a population of 11,800. In 1955, the population almost doubled to 22,500. In 1961 it rose to 25,600, 1972 to 32,200, and 1983, to 38,700.The median age in Hadera is 32.8, with 23,200 people 19 years of age or younger, 12.1% between 20 and 29, 14,100 between 30 and 44, 17,600 from 45 to 64, and 9,700, 65 or older.WEB,weblink Statistical Abstract of Israel 2008, 2008-11-29, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-12-18, {{As of|2007}}, there were 37,500 males and 39,200 females.In 2001, the ethnic makeup was 99.2% Jewish and other non-Arab, with no significant Arab population. In 2000, there were 27,920 salaried workers and 1,819 self-employed. The mean monthly wage in 2000 for a salaried worker was ILS 5,135, a real change of 8.0% over the course of 2000. Salaried males had a mean monthly wage of ILS 6,607 (a real change of 9.0%) compared with ILS 3,598 for females (a real change of 3.1%). The mean income for the self-employed was 6,584. A total of 1,752 people received unemployment benefits and 6,753 received income supplements.


(File:PikiWiki Israel 15144 quot;Technodaquot; in Hadera.JPG|thumb|Technoda science and technology center)(File:Hillel Yaffe Medical Center emergency room entrance 01.jpg|thumb|Hillel Yaffe Medical Center)In 2001, there were 15,622 students studying at 42 schools (24 elementary schools with 7,933 students, and 21 high schools with 7,689 students). A total of 57.5% of 12th graders were entitled to a matriculation certificate.The Democratic School of Hadera, which opened in 1987, was the first of its kind in Israel. The Technoda, an educational center for science and technology equipped with a state-of-the-art telescope and planetarium, is located in Hadera's Givat Olga neighborhood.WEB,weblink NJ Jewish News on-line - Reach for the stars,, 2019-01-06,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-12-23, dead,

Medical facilities

Hadera is served by the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.


Neighborhoods of Hadera include Givat Olga,WEB,weblink Women on the Map - Olga Hankin,, 2019-01-06,weblink" title="">weblink 2017-04-25, dead, Beit Eliezer, Kfar Brandeis, Haotzar, Hephzibah, Neve Haim, Nissan, Ephraim, Bilu, Klarin, Nahaliel, Shimshon, Shlomo, Pe'er, Bialik, Beitar and The Park.


Hadera is home to three current football clubs: Hapoel Hadera, which currently plays in Israeli Premier League after being promoted at the end of 2017/18 season. Beitar Hadera (playing in Liga Gimel Shomron) and the women's football club Maccabi Kishronot Hadera (playing in Ligat Nashim Rishona). In the past the city was also home to Maccabi Hadera, Hapoel Nahliel and Hapoel Beit Eliezer.The city is also represented in the Israeli Beach Soccer League. Its team, Hapoel Hadera, won the championship (under its previous name, Hadera's Princes) in 2008.Hadera's Princes are the Champions of Bank Yahav Beach Soccer League for the Year 2008 {{he icon}}In Basketball, Maccabi Hadera's women's basketball team plays in second tier Liga Leumit, while the club's Maccabi Hadera men's basketball team plays in third tier Liga Artzit.

Notable residents

Twin towns — sister cities

Hadera is twinned with:

See also



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