Lodaim is a non-profit organization that has been active for over 25 years in strengthening the education, welfare, Torah learning and Jewish presence in the city of Lod. This is done out of a sense of Zionism and Jewish unity both locally and nationally.
Lodaim in numbers:
25 years of actively serving the city of Lod
3 educational institutions
We are active in 7 neighborhoods in the city of Lod
2 homes for young adults from broken families
Over 20,000 tourists/year come to our tourist center
Who are we?
Lodaim (the Hebrew term for residents of Lod) is active in many social areas throughout the city of Lod.
For years, the city of Lod has suffered from severe socioeconomic, cultural and image problems. We are here to try and create change. We believe in the city of Lod
We believe that true impact can only come from working together side by side with all the citizens of this dynamic and multicultural city, we are all Lodaim.
Lod: a city with a rich history:
Lod is an ancient city which was inhabited for thousands of years. Lod is mentioned in the Bible in Chronicles (Divrei Hayamim) 1 chapter 8:12 “The sons of Elpaal: Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod with its town”. sThe city was an important Jewish center about 2,000 years ago during the period of the scholars of the Mishna called the “Tanaim”. Many of these Tanaim lived in or near Lod such as Raban Gamliel, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Tarffon ,Rabbi Elazar ben Horkenos and more. During that time Lod became known as the “the city of the Tanaim”
74 years ago, Ben Gurion named Lod “the entrance to the Jewish state”
The city was liberated in the “Dani Operation” during Israel’s War of Independence.
Today, over 80,000 people live in Lod, about 70% Jews, 20% Arabs and 10% other nationalities.