Old New England in Tel Aviv

Two cross streets, Auerbach and Beer Hoffmann, bear witness to American history dating back to 1866.

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August 15, 2013 13:25
Once the Grand Hotel, this building was remodeled and became the Jerusalem Hotel.

Jerusalem Hotel 521. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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When my husband suggested we take a walk in an area between Jaffa and South Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood, I agreed with alacrity. After all, not only is he a tour guide, he was born and bred in southern Tel Aviv. And he always comes up with a site, street or neighborhood off the beaten track.

This time, however, I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, because he had led me to a cluster of buildings that looked as if they had come straight out of the northeastern US. Turns out they were part of a little colony founded by Christian Lovers of Zion – long before Theodor Herzl convened the very first Zionist Congress.

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