Ra'anana (lit. "Fresh") is a city in the southern Sharon Plain of the Central District of Israel. Ra'anana is bordered by Kfar Saba on the east and Herzliya on the west. In 2006, it had a population of 80,000.
Ra'anana was founded in 1921 by the Ahuza Alef Society of New York, one of several societies formed in the United States to purchase land in Palestine and establish Jewish agricultural plantations.
On April 2, 1922, the first group of pioneers from the USA and Canada, consisting of four members of the Ahuza society, three laborers and two armed guards, set out by wagon from Tel Aviv and pitched a tent on the land. In its early days, the settlement was called "Raananya." The Arab neighbors called it "Amerikiya" because so many of the early residents spoke English.
The city has 12 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and 8 high-schools. Education level in Ra'anana is considered to be one of Israel's highest. It also has special educational frameworks for gifted students and for students with different disabilities such as autism.
The Founders Museum presents the story and lifestyle of Raanana's original settlers, from the arrival of "the Ahuza Alef-New York Association" (at the beginning of the century) until Raanana became an official local council in 1936.
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