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Living nearby in a cozy rented flat, Raphael dons one of his hats and strolls to Beit Gil Hazahav twice a week.
Benny Raphael

Benny Raphael. (photo credit:ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN)

If you walk down LaGuardia Street in Tel Aviv with Benny Raphael, be prepared to stop and exchange greetings with virtually every passerby.

The gregarious South African native is well-regarded not only for his sunny disposition, but also for his collection of hats and his contributions to life in the area – especially for the residents of Beit Gil Hazahav (Golden Age House), which was the first assisted independent living facility in Israel, and has become Raphael’s home away from home in recent years.


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