Ma’ale Adumim is a beautiful city located just to the east of Jerusalem. Moments after you exit Jerusalem (7 kilometers or just over 4 miles away), as you drive towards the Dead Sea, Ma’ale Adumim will appear in the hills directly in front of you. As you drive down the mountain, the city will soar above you and follow beside you as the highway turns towards the sea.
The name, Ma’ale Adumim, means Red Hills, and it appears in two places in the Bible, both in the book of Joshua. In 1975, 52 adults and a number of children moved to an area that would later become known as Mishor Adumim, to begin building what today consists of a large city and a connecting industrial area.
Ma’ale Adumim was declared a city in 1991 and today has a population nearing 45,000. The city has over 100 schools and kindergartens, a bowling alley, an emergency medical center, several health clinics and more. Every neighborhood features children’s parks and play areas. A senior citizen’s center features programming for the city’s older residents while many day care centers care for the city’s youngest.
Ma’ale Adumim has won the national education prize more than once, and has also been awarded a national prize for environmental quality. It is a city filled with greenery, sitting in the desert; a city boasting a lake where the city schedules regular cultural events.
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