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What is the process of buying a home in GaneiHa’Ela

Buying a home in Israel is very different than in the USA or other countries. To that extent, we have created a guide to walk you through the process. You can download it by clicking here.

Who will be the builder of Ganei HaEla?

All construction will be done by Efi Nativ Pituach. You can visit their website at

Where will Ganei Ha’Ela be located?

Ganei Ha'Ela will be part of a new neighborhood being built as an expansion of Ramat Bet Shmemesh Alef. To see an overview of the entire area click here.   To see a more specified map of the immediate area click here

Are the prices of the homes that you have on the website final?

The prices listed reflects the actual cost to you for the house – there are no hidden or surprise costs – and the only changes will come from upgrades and amenities which you choose to enhance your home. However, like all pre-construction listings, the price is linked to the Maddad, the national “building index,” and therefore, if the index goes up then the price of the houses will reflect that increase. In addition to the cost of the home each family is required to contribute NIS 18,000 toward the building campaign of the Beit Knesset - which is tax deductible.

What other expenses can I expect when buying a home is Israel?

1. Air Conditioning New homes in Israel are typically sold without air conditioning. An optional air conditioning package will be available, however, for you choose from among our Upgrade Options. The price will vary, depending on the size of your home and the make and model air conditioning you choose.
  2. Brokerage Fees As is typical for new developments, our project is being marketed by an exclusive broker. Therefore there will be a required brokerage fee of 2% + VAT which will be paid to our agent, Tivuch Shelly. We have chosen to work exclusively with Tivuch Shelly because of their first class service and expertise. They will accompany you through the entire process from buying, to choosing tiles and moving walls, etc.
  2. Purchase Tax When purchasing a home in Israel there is a purchase tax levied on every home sale. You can read more about it here
  4. Utility Connections When purchasing a new home there are small, one-time payments necessary to set up the connections for electricity, water, and the gas meter.

When will I need to start paying for the house and what is the payment schedule?

To learn more about the payment and structure click here

When will Ganei Ha’Ela be ready?

We are estimating, be’ezrat Hashem, a move in date of Spring 2016. For full details of the construction timeline, see here. The contract that you will sign with the builder commits to a a move-in date of May 2016.

How many homes will be built in total?

In Ganei HaEla West there will be 64 homes and in Ganei HaEla East there will be 32 homes.

How do you calculate the total meters of each home?

Projects in Ramat Beit Shemesh use a different standard than what is typical in Israel for determining the size of the homes that they are advertising. '
This is because in Ramat Beit shemesh it is common for people to enclose garages, open up attics and build out "chalal" (challal is an open area that has been closed off or double-height ceilings). While this practice is illegal, in Ramat Beit Shemesh it is rarely enforced.
Please understand that we in no way, shape of form are suggesting that any buyer should enclose a garage, etc, however, in order for potential buyers to be able to compare "apples to apples" we are representing our meters inline with the way other projects do.
In calculating the total meters of each home we include the following areas which are not normally included in the size of the home (but are included in Ramat Bet Shemesh) and will be clearly demarcated in the contract:
* Balcony, terrace and porch * Garage * Areas in the attic below 1.8 meters high
On each home you can see the meters listed above. None of the home in Ganei HaEla have chalal space, and therefore we do not count it.
Should you have any questions, please contact a representative.


Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, the leader of the Ganei Ha’Ela community, is the former rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, a prominent synagogue in Baltimore, MD. In August, 2010 Rabbi Gottlieb and his family made aliyah to Israel, where they currently live in Ramat Shilo, a suburb of Ramat Beit Shemesh.


While at Shomrei Emunah Rabbi Gottlieb was known for his inspiring talks, numerous weekly shiurim, high energy, and strong leadership, as well as for his deep care and concern for every member.


Since making aliyah Rabbi Gottlieb has taught at Yeshivat Shaalvim, Midreshet AMIT, and Mercaz Tiferet, and has also lectured for Adult Education programs in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Yerushalayim, Chashmona’im, and Modi’in. He is currently writing a book on the Laws of Yom Tov for the OU Press and this coming year Rabbi Gottlieb is excited to be a Ram at Yeshivat Ashreinu, a new yeshiva in Beit Shemesh.


A highly regarded teacher, Rabbi Gottlieb has also served as a Scholar in Residence for numerous communities in the United States and Israel, and was one of the featured speakers at the recent Siyum Hashas at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue.


Rabbi Gottlieb received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University (RIETS), where he was also a member of their prestigious Wexner Kollel Elyon. In addition to publishing numerous articles and co-editing two scholarly works, Rabbi Gottlieb is the author of Ateret Yaakov, a book of in-depth essays about a wide range of halachic topics.


Over 400 of Rabbi Gottlieb’s classes and articles are available online at


Click here to read Rabbi Gottlieb’s moving “Goodbye Drasha” to his community in Baltimore.


Click here to listen to Rabbi Gottlieb’s inspiring remarks at the 12th Siyum Hashas.