The campus of the Open University is an architectural masterpiece. It was conceived by the renowned Israeli architect Ada Carmi-Melamed, and inaugurated in 2004. It is well worth visiting.The basic architectural elements of the campus are a paved street which starts at the highest point of the site and courses down into the main plaza; and a green...more
Israel, with a constant water shortage, cannot boast many lakes in its municipal parks.The Raanana Park is lucky to have an artificial lake, and of course immediately upon its completion it became a focal point of attention and activity.You can simply sit on a bench on lie down on the lawn and absorb the view; or look at the swans while listening...more
The municipal park of Raanana has rightfully earned a reputation in the whole Sharon Valley region. It is large and spacious (in Israeli terms), diverse, clean and well maintained.Families, couples and groups and friends have a picnic on the lawns or rest in the shade under the trees; children have several playgrounds and an adventure park to...more
A bit of culture in the Raanana Park: A round pavilion with glass walls houses the "Gallery on the Lake " ("Al Ha-Agam").The exhibitions are varied and interesting, and change once or twice a month. Painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts: all of these have their place in the gallery.When we do our walk around the park we like to make a...more
The Music and Arts Center is home to the Raanana Symphonet Orchestra, which provides an interesting and varied concert program every year. Many other concerts and shows are also held in this hall, and there are always temporary exhibitions in the foyer.It's a medium-size hall with a warm and cosy atmosphere.When in Raanana, check what's on!more
Gadi Notes was a very gifted young man who was killed in the mysterious TWA plane crash. His parents, who live in Raanana, had this park built in his memory.This is one of my favorite places in Raanana, near the Music and Arts Center and the Municipal Sports Center. It is a calm and beautiful spot, with a rock fountain, lawns and a small waterway...more
"Edison" (yes, named after Thomas A. Edison for a reason unknown to me) is a popular restaurant in Raanana, in a relatively new shop and restaurant complex across from the Raanana Park.Seating is available both indoor (air conditioned, leathe-upholstered chairs in red, black and grey) and outdoor (people watching, strret view and temperature,...more
The name is a pun: "Gam Cafe" means "Coffee Too", but it also alludes to the cafe's unique location, by the lake ("Agam") in the Raanana Park.The food is typical for Israeli cafes: salads, sandwiches, pasta and more.The ambience is special due to the presence of the lake in the background; it may be a small artificial lake, the water may not be...more
Roladin is a small cafe-bakery situated in a plaza on Ahuza St. There is outdoor seating (on the plaza) and indoor seating as well. Roladin has a reputation as one of the best bakeries in Raanana. We went there before a show in the Yad Labanim Auditorium, directly on the opposite side of Ahuza St.This is usually a daytime cafe: The place closes at...more
The Raanana amphitheater has become a venue for first class performers from Israel and abroad. During spring, summer and fall many open-air concerts are held here, in the spacious theater at the far end of the Raanana Park.The acoustic shell provides good acoustics, and there is seating on the semi-circular stone benches and further uphill on the...more
The Raanana Symphonette Orchestra is a small-size symphony orchestra, which holds concerts in the Performing Arts Center in Raanana throughout the concert season. It is supported by the Raanana Municipality. It is composed of local Israeli talents and also many immigrant musicians from the ex-Soviet-Union.There are regular concert series for...more
Every spring for the last 21 years the Raanana Race is held on a Friday in March.It's a popular sports events attracting thousands of runners. There is a 10k competitive race and a 3k family race. There is also a competitive 10k race of hand-operated bicycles for people with disabilities. The main street is closed to traffic, and friends and...more
Purim is one of the happier Jewish holidays; there is a carnaval atmosphere, children (and many adults as well) dress up in all kinds of creative costumes, celebrating the miraculous redemption the Jews in ancient Persia at the time of King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther.One of the Purim traditions is the parade, called "Adloyada". In Raanana the main...more
Raanana started as an agricultural settlement in the 1920s.
Although a city now, it is still surrounded by cultivated land, especially on the north.
From Weitzmann Street start walking north towards Moshav Batzra. Walk among the fields and the rolling reddish laterite hills. See the roofs of Raanana and the glittering glass walls in the hi-tech industrial estate in the distance, and further away the plain of the Marzeva valley.
You will come across prickly-pear cactus hedges, rows of cypress trees, orange and grapefruit orchards, and everything around you will be peaceful and quiet. You will probably only meet an occasional biker along the way. On a nice day you will be able to admire a beautiful sunset over the hills.
Do you like to play soccer? Or maybe basketball? Or handball? Or volleyball?You can go any time of day (or evening) to the free public ball game courts on Weizmann Road. You will find enthusiastic adults and teenagers running, dribbling, scoring, bouncing, dunking...Just be spontaneous and join in the fun!more
You are in Raanana, and want to have some outdoor exercise? The Raanana municipality marked a walking and jogging route all around the city. There are maps along the route, and distance marks every 500 meters. At several points the route branches, so that you can choose a longer or a shorter option.This is also a good way to meet some cool people...more