Spring in the air

A visit to the modern state’s first agricultural colony features a restored 19th-century home, an old synagogue and two walks.

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March 29, 2012 12:17
Spring in the Air

Spring in the Air 521. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

 
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Many an eyebrow was raised inside the Old City walls when a revered Iraqi rabbi gave his daughter’s hand in marriage to the son of Polish immigrants. After all, weddings between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews were highly uncommon in 19th-century Jerusalem – and these nuptials took place in 1854. But Jerusalemites were shocked for another reason as well: groom Yehoshua Yellin was 13 years old at the time. And his child bride, Sarah Yehuda, was only 12.

The Yellin and Yehuda families were to make history again, only a few years later. Indeed, while Sir Moses Montefiore was building apartments outside the city walls in 1860, the Yellin-Yehuda family was busy establishing the first agricultural colony in modern Israel (yes, long before Petah Tikva and Rishon Lezion).

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