December 13, 2012 14:14
The trendy German Colony neighborhood has come a long way from its agricultural roots.
German Colony 521.
One of the more upscale neighborhoods in the capital is the German Colony. This
name does not derive from the many German Jews who immigrated to Israel in the
wake of Hitler’s 1933 rise to power, but from an event that took place some 100
years earlier: the founding of the German Temple Society, a religious Lutheran
missionary group that believed settling the Holy Land would hasten the Second
Coming.The society established colonies in Palestine, which was then a
part of the Turkish Empire. By 1908, it had established its last colony,
Waldheim, in the vicinity of Nazareth, making six colonies in all. The others
were in Haifa, Sarona in Tel Aviv, Wilhelma near Jaffa, Bethlehem and