Ramat Bet Shemesh was built in the 1990s, doubling the size of the city of Bet Shemesh. The neighborhood lies directly adjacent to the main part of Bet Shemesh and is located on a hill overlooking the old town nestled on the foothills of the Judaean Mountains.
Ramat Bet Shemesh has a large, diverse Orthodox population from every spectrum and stream of Torah Judaism. The neighborhood consists of a number of areas (and is often referred to by residents as RBS or the Ramah).
RBS A has a large percentage of new olim from all over the world with the more established ones always ready to help the more recent arrivals. The Ramah has proven to provide a remarkably smooth landing for observant Olim and in particular those who are English-speaking.
RBS A has a large central shopping district with Kupot Holim (health-care providers), banks, supermarkets, bakeries, cell-phone stores, clothing stores, and more.
In addition, a mini shopping mall – ‘Park Centre’ – is located in the heart of the neighborhood offering extremely useful and essential services and stores while several other smaller supermarkets are scattered throughout the town. Currently, a new large shopping strip and mall is also under construction in an extremely convenient location.
RBS is centrally located, just a 30 minute drive to Jerusalem and a 40 minute drive to Tel Aviv. The train station in Bet Shemesh is merely a 10 minute drive from the Ramah and offers free long term parking. There is also a frequent bus service running between RBS and the train station where commuters are able in 35 minutes to travel to Tel Aviv in a comfortable, clean, efficient, and generally punctual train. There is also a direct train to Jerusalem.
In addition, there is a reliable and regular bus service from RBS directly to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as to other major cities around the country.