Infobox Israel municipality
El'ad, also spelled Elad ( _he. אלעד), is a city in the Center District of
Israel. Located about convert|25|km|mi east of Tel Avivon Route 444between Rosh HaAyinand Shoham, it also lies just west of the Green Line. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics(CBS) in 2007 the town had a total population of 31,300.cite web|url=http://www.cbs.gov.il/population/new_2009/table3.pdf|publisher= Israel Central Bureau of Statistics|title=Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents and Other Rural Population|date=2007-12-31|accessdate=2008-06-09] Its current population is estimated at over 32,000. The building of El'ad started in the late 90's, but due to the high demand and massive construction, it had already achieved local council status by 1998. It is the only town in Israel officially designated a religious municipality.
The town was built from scratch as a
planned communityaccording to urban planning paradigms not unlike Modi'inand nearby Shoham. While those towns were designed to suit a mixed population of non-religious and religious, El'ad was originally planned to suit a mixed population of Modern Orthodox/Religious Zionist Jews and HarediJews, but the majority are now Haredi. It was built as a part of the solution to the acute shortage of alternate and affordable housing for Haredi families who, traditionally, were concentrated primarily in both Jerusalemand Bnei Brak. Accordingly, El'ad was planned in a way that would suit the religious lifestyle with a larger selection of housing options with some projects offering larger than average apartments to accommodate religious families who tend to have more children than the average national population. Another unique characteristic was easy access and short walking distances to local education institutions to avoid the need for school transportation costs.
The Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi is Rabbi Zalman Grossman and the Chief Sefardi Rabbi is Rabbi Shlomo Mordechai Malka. There are at least 18 synagogues of different Jewish ethnic persuasions. A central charitable organization is
Kupat Hatzedoko Matan Beseter[http://chareidi.shemayisrael.com/archives5764/kisavo/aelad.htm] .
On 5 February 2008, El'ad's official status was changed to a city. [cite web
title=Ten-Year-Old Hareidi-Religious Community of Elad Named a City - Inside Israel - Israel News - Arutz Sheva
'Elad' is also a common given name or surname in modern day Israel, meaning "eternal God".
* [http://www.irac.org/article_e.asp?artid=275 Report about court ruling regarding special loans for Haredim in El'ad] (by an anti-religious lobby organization)
* [http://chareidi.shemayisrael.com/archives5765/BHR65features2.htm An article about Haredi education, mentioning El'ad] (uses the spelling Elad) (
* [http://www.fig.net/pub/fig_2002/Ts8-3/TS8_3_greenberg.pdf A paper about new cities development in Israel, citing El'ad as an example]
* [http://www.cbs.gov.il/population/new_2007/table3.pdf A summary of population of Israeli cities by Israel Central Bureau of Statistics]
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