Government: Local council
Address: hgr"a 25 Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone)
Mayor: Avraham rosental
Community Quality: Urban & Suburban settlement with high quality of life.
characteristics of population: It is an almost exclusively Haredi town, with a very high percentage of immigrants from North America and Europe
location: Kiryat Ye'arim is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of Jerusalem, just north of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway. Neighboring Kiryat Ye'arim to the northeast is the Arab town of Abu Ghosh
Socioeconomic status: The socioeconomic status is 2 from 10 But there are income Gap in the community.
Nearby communities: Abu Ghosh, Neve Ilan
Territory: 5000 dunam
Establishment of community: 1975
Inauguration of the Council: 1992
The Story Behind the Name
Kiryat Ye'arim (Town of Forests) is named for a town of the same name mentioned in the Bible in relation to King David's transport of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Here the Ark was said to have rested for 20 years. David then removed it to Jerusalem (I Chronicles 13, 5-8). There are those who believe that a nearby tell is the remains of the biblical town. Another theory is that the biblical town is the present Abu Ghosh.
The Story Behind the Name
The name Telz-Stone was in honor of American Greetings founder-chairman Irving I. Stone, who gave generously in the village's founding.
"And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the
ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill,
and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD."
(1 Samuel 7:1)
Founded in 1951, Telz Stone is an orthodox small town established near the Biblical Jewish city of Kiryat Yearim . It was established by the heads of Yeshivat Telz, which was uprooted from Telz in Lithuania to Cleveland. Telz Stone was originally named after the Yeshiva as well as after philanthropist Irving Stone. The official name, however is Kiryat Yearim, famous for its large anglo-saxon community (45%) mostly from South Africa and the United States.
Kiryat Yearim is where the Holy Ark was brought to be safeguarded after its return from captivity (Shmuel I, 7:1-2) and where it remained for 20 years until returned to Jerusalem by King David (Divrei Hayamim I, 13:5-8).
It is interesting to note that while Telz Stone remains a fairly insular community, bordered on one side by the friendly Arab community of Abu Gosh, and on the other side by the secular "village" of Neve Ilan (including the famous Elvis Presley rest stop).
Region: Jerusalem & surrounding area – ירושלים Demographics: Young couples, families, retirees Population: over 4000 residents -about 800 families. Climate: Pleasant, similar to Jerusalem Civic Status: Local Government Council for the past 18 years
Touristic attractions for visitors include The Micky Marcus Monument at the end of Gordon Street .Near the monument one can visit the campus of what was supposed to house the Telz Yeshiva with its once impressive architecture.
There is a "Beit Hachlama", a convalescent facility for mothers and babies after birth, which is unique and popular to the orthodox community (only 2 others exist in Israel). Women there enjoy a magnificent garden, excellent food and nursing care.
The community itself hosts an incredible amount of unique free services. Over 60 “gemachim" where people can get anything from large pots for a simcha, tools, new born cribs, challahs for Shabbos, sewing patterns, canes, and many other items free and available for anyone in need.
Last but not least - residents as well as visitors all admit that Telz Stone is situated in a most beautiful location amongst the grandiose mountains proceeding Jerusalem, also called the Judean Hills, where the air is "as clear as wine".
Telz Stone-Kiryat Yearim is a beautiful, warm community with a rich past as well as growing and popular present and future.