Pioneer neighborhood

Nearly torn down by the municipality in the 1970s, the restored Nahalat Shiva area is now a hub of cafes, synagogues and boutique stores.

November 11, 2011 13:13
Nahalat Shiva

Nahalat Shiva_521. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am )


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