mural showing the first local Alliance school 521.
(photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)
Sam Pinto planned everything down to the last detail before making aliya.
Regular visits gave him more than a passing acquaintance with the quirks of
Israeli society, he made sure he had work waiting for him and he bought an
apartment well before getting on the plane. He also had siblings and children
anxious for his arrival.Even Pinto’s choice of Tel Aviv as his final
destination was well thought out, for he found it eerily similar to the Moroccan
metropolis where he spent a happy childhood. Indeed, both Tel Aviv and
Casablanca host their country’s commercial centers, sit on the sea next to
well-developed ports, are blessed with sunlight, and have a distinctly
international flavor. They also share some of the same architecture, for when
German- Jewish architects of the Bauhaus (International) School were kicked out
of their homeland with Hitler’s rise to power, many who didn’t come to pre-state
Israel moved to Casablanca and built houses with the Bauhaus design for which
Tel Aviv has become famous.
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