The community of Alon [photo: Binyamin Regional Council]
Alon is a community in the Binyamin region, 20 minutes from Jerusalem, at the beginning of the “Alon Road.” It sits on the southern bank of Nahal Prat, overlooking the amazing landscape of the Judean Desert. The community, Alon, is named after Yigal Allon who was a commander in the Palmach (precursor to the IDF before the founding of the State), a commander in the IDF, and an elected official in the Knesset from the third election, in 1955, until his death, in 1980. The community was founded in 1990 by the Amana organization. Originally, it was considered apart of Kfar Adumim.
The Binyamin Regional Council describes Alon as “the unique cooperation of religious, secular and other Jewish identities on this continuum, living together not only out of good neighborliness, but out of a genuine desire to live a communal and cultural life despite differences in outlook and lifestyle.”
For work, many of the residents travel to nearby Ma’ale Adumim or Jerusalem. But Alon also has a local industrial zone with several industrial plants. For school, children attend early childhood education institutions and elementary school in the community. As they get older, they study in mixed secular/observant public-religious schools in Kfar Adumim and Jerusalem.
The community is composed of only 190 families but has a lot to offer. They have a community and cultural coordinator and a community-oriented library that serves as a community center, which sponsors many activities for adults and children.
Alon has a population of about 956 people and while it falls under the regional council of Binyamin (in Samaria), it actually sits in the land designated for the tribe of Yehuda (Judah).
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