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Rehovot, one of the first communities founded in the modern State of Israel, is located in the center of the country. It is conveniently located about 20 kilometers south of Tel Aviv. The city has a population of 114,000 people and is known as the City of Science and Culture.

Rehovot was founded in 1890 by a group of immigrants from Poland, looking for land in Palestine without being under the control of Baron Rothschild. Sixteen years later, they were joined by immigrants from Yemen. Together, they built the city that is known for its agriculture and high-tech.

An agricultural research station that opened in Rehovot in 1932 became the Department of Agriculture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1937 Weizmann built his home on the land purchased adjacent to the Sieff Institute. In 1934 Chaim Weizmann built the Sieff Institute in Rehovot, which later became the Weizmann Institute of Science The house later served as the presidential residence after Weizmann became president in 1948. He and his wife are buried on the Institute's manicured grounds. Weizmann and his wife are buried on the grounds of the institute.

Rehovot is considered a mid-sized Israeli city and is mixed religious/non-religious (Dati/Chiloni) with Datiim making up 30%. The city is known to be a community where people actually get along with each other. There are no areas that are completely religious or secular although there is a small area with streets that are closed on Shabbat. In 1995, there were an estimated 337,800 residents living in the greater Rehovot area.

The city is home to a number of historical buildings including a few examples of Bauhaus architecture.

Rehovot has lots of stores on Herzl and at the Bilu Center. The Bilu Center is Israel's largest shopping plaza and is located about 5 minutes away from the southern end of the city. Bilu Center has everything you would need and the Home Center across the street is known to be one of the best stocked branches in the country. There are lots of choices for small neighborhood makolets and large grocery stores such as Supersol Deal, Mega and Yochananof.

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