City (from 1950)
|• ISO 259||Ḥolon|
Kugel Sokolov Junction Holon
|• Mayor||Moti Sasson (Labor)|
|• Total||18,927 dunams (18.927 km2 or 7.308 sq mi)|
|• Density||10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)|
|Name meaning||(Little) sand|
Holon (Hebrew: חוֹלוֹן (audio) (help·info)) is a city on the central coastal strip of Israel, south of Tel Aviv. Holon is part of the metropolitan Gush Dan area. In 2019 it had a population of 196,282. Holon has the second-largest industrial zone in Israel, after Haifa.
The name of the city comes from the Hebrew word חוֹלוֹן holon, meaning "(little) sand". The name Holon also appears in the Bible: "And Holon with its suburbs, and Debir with its suburbs" (Book of Joshua, 21:15).
Holon was founded on sand dunes six kilometers (3.7 miles) from Tel Aviv in 1935. The Łódzia textile factory was established there by Jewish immigrants from Łódź, Poland, along with many other industrial enterprises. In the early months of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Holon was on the front line, with constant shooting taking place on the border with the village of Tel A-Rish to its northwest—a suburb of Arab Jaffa—and clashes also in the direction of the town of Yazur to the east. An attack by the Holon-based Haganah militia units on Tel A-Rish was repulsed with considerable losses.
After the establishment of the state, Holon expanded to include Tel A-Rish (renamed "Tel Giborim", "The Mound of the Heroes") and the orange groves of Yazur.
In February 2001, eight Israelis were killed and twenty-five were injured in a Palestinian attack on a crowded bus stop in Holon.
The image of Holon as a working-class bedroom community has changed over the years. Through municipal efforts, the city has been rebranded as a child-friendly city, offering family attractions such as the Yamit Water Park, the Israeli Children's Museum and the Israel Museum of Caricature and Comics.
Historic landmarks in Holon slated for preservation include Derech Habitachon ("Safe Road"), paved during the Israeli war of independence; water towers in the Moledet and Azor neighborhoods; Hosmasa, a building used by the Haganah; the pillbox guard post; Stroma Square, Mansbach health clinic, Hameshakem building, the Agrobank neighborhood and two schools – Bialik and Shenkar. A new neighborhood, Migdalim Bashdera, is under construction, with plans for 23 upscale residential towers, a new city hall, several cultural and commercial centers, some of them already built. A French urban planner was commissioned to design a north-south boulevard with pedestrian walks, bicycle paths, sports fields, parks and waterfalls. The last undeveloped land reserve remaining in Holon is the H-500 Holon plan, that consists of approximately 4,080 dunams in the south of the city, and is intended to consist of 13,700 dwelling units in total.
Holon hosts a variety of springtime events, including the Yemay Zemer (Days of Song) Festival during Passover and a Women's Festival in March, both at the Holon Theater. Holon is also one of the host cities for the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series in March. Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman runs a summer music camp in the city for young violinists. Since the election of Mayor Moti Sasson in 1993, many cultural projects have been inaugurated. Billing itself as a "children's city," Holon is home to the Holon Children's Museum and the Mediatheque youth theater. Holon also plays host each year to a street carnival in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim, the Adloyada. Thousands of children dress up in costumes and the streets close down for a parade featuring colorful floats.
Cinematheque Holon hosts the only digital arts and media arts festival in Israel, Print Screen Festival. The festival was established 2010.
In 1954, the president of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, helped to establish a Samaritan quarter on the outskirts of Holon. The quarter was named Neve Pinchas after Pinhas Ben-Abraham, the high priest of the Samaritan community.
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- Hapoel Holon (basketball) – premier league, national champion in 2008 and state cup holder in 2009
- Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C. (football) – Liga Alef [3rd tier]
- Moshik Afia (born 1974), singer
- Chen Aharoni (born 1990), singer
- Oz Almog (born 1956), Israeli-Austrian artist & author
- Rafi Amit, poker player
- Avraam Benaroya (1953–1979), Greek-Jewish socialist leader, founder of the Communist Party of Greece
- David Ben Dayan (born 1978), football player
- Omri Casspi (born 1988), NBA basketball player
- Bat-Sheva Dagan (born 1925), Holocaust survivor, teacher, psychologist, author
- David D'Or (born 1966), countertenor & composer; Israel's 2001 Singer of the Year
- Ilona Feher (1949–1988), violinist
- Dana International (born 1972), pop singer
- Tomer Kapon (born 1985), film and television actor
- Hila Klein (born 1987), YouTuber
- Eran Kolirin (born 1973), cinema director & script writer
- Aryeh Krishek (born 1952), novelist and biographer
- Moran Mazor (born 1991), singer
- Sofia Mechetner (born 2000), model, the face of Dior
- Avihu Medina (born 1948), composer, arranger, songwriter, and singer
- Adir Miller (born 1974), actor, screenwriter and comedian
- Moshe Mizrahi (born 1980), basketball player
- Lior Narkis (born 1976), singer
- Chen Reiss (born 1979), opera singer
- Shira Rishony (born 1991), Olympic judoka
- Peter Roth (born 1974), rock singer & composer
- Ben Sahar (born 1989), football player
- Arie Vardi (born 1937), pianist & teacher
- Rahel Vigdozchik (born 1989), Olympic rhythmic gymnast
- Avraham Yosef (born 1949), rabbi and son of Ovadia Yosef
- Rami Yosifov (born 1966), guitarist of Teapacks
Twin towns – sister cities
Yanshul, symbol of the Holon Children's Museum
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- The Guide to Israel, Zeev Vilnay, Hamakor Press, Jerusalem, 1972, p.239
- "Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000". Mfa.gov.il. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
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- "Pinhas Eylon". Holon City. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
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- "Post-championship Holon dreams of prosperity, tourism – Haaretz – Israel News". Haaretz. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
- Purim parade in Holon, Jerusalem Post
- Handwerker, Haim (September 10, 2013). "Holon Fashion Week attracts big industry names". Haaretz. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Print Screen Festival, official homepage
- "Samaritans". Jewishmag.com. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
- "La localisation." Collège-Lycée franco-israélien Raymond Leven. Retrieved on January 22, 2015. "Agricultural School Mikve Israel Mikve israel street 1 5891000 Holon – ISRAEL" – Address in Hebrew: "בה"ס חקלאי מקווה ישראל 5891000 חולון"
- "International relations". holon.muni.il. Holon. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
- "Cleveland's Sister Cities". city.cleveland.oh.us. City of Cleveland. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
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- Holon Municipality official site (English)
- Friends of Holon Foundation (English)
- Design Museum Holon (English)
- Hapoel Holon Basketball Club official site (Hebrew)
- Holon's Story Gardens (1/2)
- Holon's Story Gardens (2/2)
- Youth week in Holon (Hebrew)
- City blog presents the best part of the Holon city (Hebrew)
- The Holon H-500 Information Arena (English and Hebrew)