Cities in Israel

"How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!"
(BaMidbar 24:5)


, Ashdod. Photo: (c)

Ashdod is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, thirty kilometers south of Tel Aviv.

Modern Ashdod dates back to 1957, and it received the status of the city in 1968.

In the northern part of Ashdod, Israel's largest port and industrial zone is located.

In the 50's and 60's the city was populated mainly by Jewish immigrants from Arab countries. In the 70s, Georgian Jews arrived here, and in the 90s - repatriates from all CIS countries, thanks to which the population of the city tripled.

Ashdod received its name from the ancient city of Azot, built by the Philistines.

Ashdod is a very ancient city. It is known that the settlement on the place where it stands, existed already in the 17th century BC. In the 11th century BC here lived the Philistines.

In 770 BC the city was captured by the Jewish king Azariah. In 734 he was under the authority of the Assyrians, in 711 there was an uprising against Assyria. Then, in 625 BC, after a long siege he was captured by the Egyptian pharaoh, and twenty years later it was destroyed by the Babylonians.

In 147, the city was captured and annexed to Judea by Jonathan Maccabaeus. In the 1st century, during the Roman rule, Ashdod became a large seaport.

The city is mentioned many times in the Torah.

ha-Gdud ha-Ivri 10
Tel. 08-8545495

The National Insurance Institute of Israel ("Bituah Leumi"):
ha-Banim 14
Tel. *6050, 12226050

Israeli Employment Service ("Lishkat Taasuka"):
Merkaz Tzimer, Sderot Menahem Begin 1
Tel. 08-8578000

The Ministry of Interior ("Misrad ha-Pnim"):
Merkaz Tzimer, Sderot Menahem Begin 1
Tel. 08-8547111

Israel Tax Authority:
Neviim 2
Tel. 08-8510610, 08-8510780/781, Fax. 08-8568381
"Mas Ahnasa":
Derech Menahem Begin 1
Tel. 08-8688500, Fax. 08-8664803
Neviim 2
Tel. 08-8510610, 08-8510790-1, Fax. 08-8510637, 08-8510644

Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing:
Tel. 08-6263617, 08-9399111

City streets and attractions near the city:

Lido Beach in Ashdod

The distance
(in straight line):

to Jerusalem - 51 km
to Tel Aviv - 34 km
to Haifa - 118 km
to Beer Sheva - 61 km