Region: Southern Coastal Area
Location: Yavne is located in the center area of the coastal strip about 25 km south of Tel-Aviv. The large Ashdod seaport is 7 km to the south, the Mediterranean shores- 6 km to the west.
Driving Directions to Yavne: coming soon
Cities/Town Close By: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Bat Yam, Bnei Brak, Giv'atayim, Gedera, Kiryat Malakhi, Holon, Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Rishon LeZion, Tel Aviv Jaffa, Yehud.
Population: approx. 35,000
Landscape: Mediterranean Sea Coastal
Modern Day History: coming soon
Biblical History: Yavne, is located on the Mediterranean coast in the same place as historical Yavne. Historically, Yavne has been conquered and ruled by the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Babylonians, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Muslims and the Crusaders.
In 70CE, after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, Yavne was known as the center of Jewish learning. This was due to Emperor Vespasian giving Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakkai permission to establish a Jewish school, in which the foundations of the Mishnah were laid. In addition, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai moved the Sanhedrin to Yavne. It was here that Rabbinical Judaism emerged. Along with Rabbi Yochanan, Rabbis Gamaliel II and Ben Akiva taught their students, the future Jewish leaders and Rabbis.
Near by Parks/Forests: Herzl (Hulda) Forest, Ashdod Nitzanim Sand Dune Park, Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park
Biblical Sites/Tels: Ancient Yavne Mound, Crusaders Tower, Tel Yavne, Yavne Yam
Museums: Mikraor Museum (08-933-3303)
Festivals: coming soon
Things to Do: Discovery, Archeological Digs, Grave of Rabbi Gamliel.
Dining: coming soon
City Website: click here