Yavne יַבְנֶה‎

Yavne is located in Southern Coastal Region in the middle of Mediterranean coastal strip about 25 km south of Tel-Aviv.  The port of Ashdod is 7 km to the south, the Mediterranean shores- 6 km to the west.

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Population:35,000

History
Yavne is located on the Mediterranean coast in the same place as historical Yavne. Over the years Yavne has been conquered and ruled by the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Babylonians, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Muslims and the Crusaders.

In 70CE following destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, Yavne became the centre of Jewish learning. This was due to Emperor Vespasian giving Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakkai permission to establish a yeshiva. Subsequently the foundations of the Mishnah were transcribed here. In addition, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai also brought with him 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.

Attractions:
Parks/Walks
Herzl (Hulda) Forest
Ashdod Nitzanim Sand Dune Park
Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park

Archaeology
Ancient Yavne Mound, Crusaders Tower, Tel Yavne, Yavne Yam

Museum
Mikraor Museum (08-933-3303)

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