The village was established in 2011 following social protests in Tel Aviv. In the beginning, 11 pioneering students lived in the village and created the college-town atmosphere. The goal of this village is to create the infrastructure to transform Lod into a magnet for students and young Israelis.
Ayalim renovated an inner city complex and moved 30 students into an urban-commune- style living arrangement to reinvigorate the town’s disparate image and strengthen its social and educational problem areas. Ayalim students in Lod are active in the local community center and have organized street festivals that aim to attract both the local Jewish and Arab populations as well as give a venue for local businesses to showcase and offer their products. The festivals in the last year have been very successful with hundreds of people from the neighborhood taking part