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SAVYON (Heb. סַבְיוֹן), urban settlement, with municipal council status, in central Israel, south of Petaḥ Tikvah. Founded on the initiative of immigrants from South Africa as a garden suburb, it had a population of 1,430 in 1968 and 2,470 in 2002, occupying an area of 1.1 sq. mi. (2.9 sq. km.). Savyon is an upper middle-class community, with most residents commuting to work in Tel Aviv or elsewhere in the area. The settlement's name is that of the senecio plant common in the region.

[Efraim Orni /

Shaked Gilboa (2nd ed.)]