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November 25, 2015 / 13 Kislev, 5776
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Rare Beauty in South Tel Aviv

Rare Beauty in South Tel Aviv

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Neve Tzedek (lit. Abode of Justice) in southwestern Tel Aviv was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient port city of Jaffa, in 1887, 22 years before the City of Tel Aviv.

In the early 1900s, many artists and writers made Neve Tzedek their home, most notably Nobel prize laureate Shai Agnon and pastoral artist Nachum Gutman. Rav Avraham Itzhak Kook was the first Rabbi of Neve Tzedek.

As Tel Aviv began to grow, Neve Tzedek degenerated into disrepair and urban decay. After 1948, it became a predominantly oriental-Jewish area, and by the 1960s, plans to demolish the neighborhood were blocked at the last minute, as many neighborhood buildings were placed on preservation lists.

by the 1980s and 90s, gentrification came to Neve Tzedek, and now look at it. Too sweet for words.

Come check it out?

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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2 Responses to “Rare Beauty in South Tel Aviv”

  1. Yes, there's no nicer place than Jaffa. Had the privilege to stay there for two months this year and hoping to go back soon.

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