Modi'in Selects New Names for Neighborhoods

The municipality of Modi'in, Maccabim and Reut has chosen new names for city neighborhoods that until now were called by the names of the architects who planned them.

The names were chosen this week by a municipal naming committee, and were approved Monday by the town's administrative council.

City council is expected to approve the names today.

"The time has come, after 13 years, for residents to live in neighborhoods with a community character," said Modi'in mayor Haim Bibas.

The city announced the renaming campaign about three weeks ago, and invited the public to submit suggestions through its Web site.

The municipality said it received about 300 suggestions, which the naming committee considered. Most of the suggestions were rather standard, although a few unconventional ideas were proposed as well.

The committee ultimately chose conventional names, inspired either by street names or the neighborhood's location.

Neighborhoods being renamed include Buchman North, which will be called Hashvatim (tribes); Shimshoni North will be called Hanevi'im (prophets); and Tzipor will be called Hakramim (vineyards).