Eli is a relatively large community, about 50 kilometers north of Jerusalem, in the Samaria region of Israel. Eli was established on 11 September 1984 and was named after Eli, the biblical high-priest, who served in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in nearby Shiloh.
Bnei David, one of Israel’s finest pre-military preparatory academies, is located in Eli. It was established in 1988 by Rabbis Eli Sadan and Yig’al Levinstein. There are currently over 500 students studying at Bnei David, and over 2,500 graduates, over 40% of whom became Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officers. The majority of alumni from Bnei David served in combatant or elite IDF units. Shimon Peres has called the Bnei David Academy a source of “Pride for the country”.
Eli is located within the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 4,092. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Binyamin (Benjamin).