This structure in Teddy Park was restored thanks to friends of JNF Canada, and is known as the 'House in the Ben Hinom Valley'.
(photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)
The structure that was restored in Teddy Park in Jerusalem unveils the city’s rich history.
On October 22, KKL-JNF held a ceremony inaugurating the restoration of a historical structure at Teddy Park in Jerusalem, at the foot of the wall surrounding the Old City. The building, which is named ‘The House in the Ben Hinom Valley’ was restored thanks to the support of JNF Canada, and was inaugurated in the presence of a 30-person delegation from JNF Canada, including the donors of this project.
The structure unveils the city’s rich history, including a Roman-era water cistern, magnificent public buildings from the Byzantine Era, and a commercial center from the early 20th century.
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people, and we are very excited to be part of its development,” said Lance Davis, JNF Canada CEO. “As the process of urbanization increases in Israel, there is greater and greater need for green spaces. Teddy Park is a meeting place for the entire mosaic of Israeli society.”
The members of the JNF delegation hail from all over Canada. They arrived in Israel for ten days of tours, meetings and becoming acquainted with life-changing projects that were realized with the supports of JNF Canada.
“I stand here and imagine my parents talking with Teddy Kollek, the legendary mayor of Jerusalem, and discussing the challenges that the state of Israel is facing,” said Helen Zenith, who, together with her sister Giezelle Pash, donated a majestic Teddy Park entrance, which is named for her parents.
Teddy Park is situated at the foot of the Old City of Jerusalem, near Jaffa Gate, and it connects between the area of Mamilla, the Jerusalem House of Quality galleries, and the Yemin Moshe neighborhood. It spreads out over an area of about two acres and includes a visitor’s center, which tells the story of the building of modern Jerusalem, along with archaeological remains, historical structures, a well-manicured garden, environmental sculptures, a sundial and a wishing well. A unique water fountain show using rhythmic geysers and lights attracts a lot of visitors, including children who love running through the water jets.
The ancient structure was built in the higher part of the Ben Hinom Valley, at the edge of what is now the Mamilla shopping center. It is known as the House in the Ben Hinom Valley. It used to be a center of commerce, and the owners were Christians from Germany, Arabs and Jews.
After 1948, the complex was in a political no-man’s land, and the structure was ruined and covered by dirt. The unique historical site was uncovered about a decade ago by the Jerusalem Foundation, during the work to create Teddy Park.
Read more about the House in the Ben Hinom Valley dedication.