What’s happening in Efrat?

One of those prominent communities going to the polls, located just south of the capital, is the 10,000-resident-strong Gush Etzion city of Efrat.

October 17, 2013 11:08
Incumbent Mayor of Efrat Oded Revivi.

Incumbent Mayor of Efrat Oded Revivi 521. (photo credit: Eli Stein)


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One of those prominent communities going to the polls, located just south of the capital, is the 10,000-resident-strong Gush Etzion city of Efrat. The three competing candidates along with their parties include the incumbent mayor, Oded Ravivi and his Efrat Mitchadeshet (Renewal) party; the Yachad (Together) party led by Dovi Shefler, who serves as the current director of Efrat’s Siach Yitzchak Hesder Yeshiva and is a longtime city council member; and Michael Dahan, a career educator with roots in Efrat since its founding in 1981, who heads the Atid (Future) party.

“Efrat is a very unique city,” Ravivi, who is 44 and married with six children, says in perfect English with a hint of a British accent, which he picked up both from a stint his parents did as emissaries in London when he was a child. “On one hand, it’s over the Green Line, which is considered by some as a settlement. However, the majority of the people who live here maintain a lifestyle which is far from the stereotype of what a settler is.” Ravivi says that Efrat is also unique “because we have been given permits to build an additional 1,000 units, which would increase our growth over the upcoming five years by 60 percent.” He believes that one of the main reasons he should remain in the mayoral post is that he is the most qualified candidate to oversee this vast building project through from start to finish. “In order to grow by 60%, the new residents who come here are going to need new schools built, and many other facilities completed upon their arrival,” he says. “To make that happen, they need someone in office who knows how the system works, who has a proven track record in the completion of projects... and the residents of Efrat can only benefit from what will be done [under my leadership].”


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