Modi’in is a beautiful young city that has become a popular destination for olim. Founded in 1993, Modi’inis well-planned, with large swaths of protected land for parks. Designed to be Israel’s fourth-largest city, the population is currently 80,000 people – 20% of whom are English speakers (commonly called “Anglos”) – and is still in its infancy, as it is planned to grow to 240,000 residents. Steeped in history, Modi’in is located in the general vicinity of the original village of Modi’in, where Matityahu and his five sons launched the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks’ Seleucid Empire.
Centrally located, Modi’in is a commuter’s dream, boasting a superior transportation infrastructure, including two train stations offering a short 20-minute ride to Tel Aviv, and exceptional intercity and intra-city bus service. Modiin has an excellent highway system, is only fifteen minutes from Ben Gurion Airport,and is less than a half hour car ride from both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Modi’in offers numerous shopping options with two large malls and many other retail locations. It has many restaurants, and offers a variety of entertainment options and cultural programs. The shuls come in many varieties, including Ashkenazi, Sefaradi, and Yemenite. Modi'in's chief rabbinate, headed by Rav David Lau, offers an assortment of Torah classes, the hesder yeshiva plays an integral role in the community, and Emunah sponsors a women’s morning learning program, in addition to the many shiurim offered by the local shuls.
Modi’in is comprised of religious and non-religious Jews, but the majority of the Anglo community consists of Orthodox Jews, most of whom are professionals (the more Yeshivish crowd live in Modiin Illit, better known as Kiryat Sefer, nearby). The English speaking residents, who arewelcoming and friendly, are primarily clustered in three neighborhoods: Givat C - located in the center of town, it has attracted a variety of age groups; Buchman – nestled in the southern end, its population is 50% Anglo; and Kaiser - situated close to the middle of town, it is still being built up. In addition, some Anglos live in the original part of town near the Azrieli Mall. All of these neighborhoods offer a mix of single family homes (cottages) and apartments.
Although housing prices have been rising as the city has become more established, pricing is significantly lower than most neighborhoods in the center of Jerusalem. Recently, a number of retired English speaking olim have migrated to Modi’in due to the city’s superb public transportation system, pleasing aesthetics, fine Torah and cultural programming, broad choice of medical clinics and excellent housing stock.