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Jaffa, history, historic city, town panning, historic preservation

Jaffa from British Mandate to Israeli Independence

Jaffa, from the British Mandate to Israeli independence went through some tumultuous times. The main demolition works in the Old City in the twentieth century began […]
jaffa, historic city, preservation

Jaffa Under Ottoman Rule

In 1831, Palestine was conquered by Muhammad Ali, the Ottoman viceroy (Wāli) in Egypt. He ruled the Land of Israel until 1840. The port of Jaffa […]
Jaffa, history, historic city, preservation

Jaffa, An Ancient City

The City of Jaffa (Introduction) Jaffa is an ancient city that has existed for thousands of years. During these years it has been occupied by different […]
Tel Aviv Architecture, Tel Aviv history, Tel Aviv

Yehuda Magidovich – Tel Aviv’s Ultimate Architect

  Yehuda Magidovich, Tel Aviv’s ultimate architect,  served as Tel Aviv’s Chief Engineer between 1920-23. He was born in the city of Uman, in Russia in […]
Tel Aviv town planning, Tel Aviv history, Tel Aviv

Independence and a New Town Plan for Tel Aviv

Independence and a new town plan for Tel Aviv was the next step. Following the return of exiled Jewish residents to Tel Aviv at the end […]
Tel Aviv, history, town planning, conservation

Shaping the face of Tel Aviv

Shaping the face of Tel Aviv. Ahuzat Bayit lays the way for more new neighborhoods that shape the face of Tel Aviv. Less than a year […]
Tel Aviv, Town planning, Tel Aviv history,

Town planning regulations for Tel Aviv

Town planning regulations for Tel Aviv Town planning regulations for Tel Aviv, were formulated in 1909 by  Arthur Ruppin with the help of Oscar Marmorek (who […]

Theodor Herzl’s Utopian Vision and Tel Aviv

Theodor Herzl’s utopian vision and the birth of Tel Aviv Theodor Herzl’s utopian vision had a deep affect on the planning of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv […]

Ahuzat Bayit – becoming a modern Hebrew city 

  Ahuzat Bayit –  becoming a modern Hebrew city  Ahuzat Bayit – Choosing the location and purchasing the land Ahuzat Bayit becoming a modern Hebrew city […]
Tel Aviv, history,town planning

Ahuzat Bayit — Tel Aviv

Ahuzat Bayit  – Tel Aviv  During the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, the relocation of many Jewish […]
jerusalem, preservation, historic districts, town planning

The Historic Neighborhood: Nahalat Shiv’a – Jerusalem

Slated for demolition by city planners, this architectural gem was saved by the public. Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) is a wonderful opportunity to revisit the unique […]
Tel Aviv, History, town planning

The riots that led to a new commercial district – Tel Aviv

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Jaffa riots, also known in Hebrew as “Me’ora’ot Tarpa” (literally, Events of the year 5681, according to the Hebrew […]
jaffa history, town planning, preservation, conservation

Jaffa Continues to Expand

Between the years 1897-1907 Jaffa continues to expand with five new Jewish neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are Yefeh Nof, Sha’arei Achva, Mahane Yehuda, Mahane Yosef, Mahane Yisrael, […]
Jaffa, History, Neve Zedek

Jewish Neighborhoods Outside of Jaffa

Neve Tzedek and Neve Shalom: The First Two Jewish Neighborhoods Outside of Jaffa Neve Tzedek Shimon and Eliezer Rokach, who were merchants and public activists, founded […]
Jaffa, History, Town planning, Architecture of Jaffa

Expansion of Jaffa in the 19th Century

  Expansion of Jaffa in the  19th Century  began with the construction of new neighborhoods outside the the old city. Jewish, Christian and Arab residents sought to […]
Tel Aviv, History, Dizengoff, Statehood

Israel Declared Statehood

Israel declared statehood in the house of Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. We see many famous pictures of David Ben Gurion standing under […]
Jaffa, History, Neve Zedek

Jewish expansion and growth in Jaffa—1870-1915

Jewish expansion and growth in Jaffa—1870-1915 Toward the end of the 19th century, Jaffa prospered economically.  Over seven decades, the built area outside the walls grew […]
Tel Aviv, history

The Development of Tel Aviv during the Third and Fourth Aliyot

The Development of Tel Aviv during the Third and Fourth Aliyot The expansion of Tel Aviv began in the second half of 1920. By that time, […]
Tel Aviv, History, Town Planning

Tel Aviv — a reflection of the liberal and progressive values of Odessa

Tel Aviv  and Odessa As the founders of Ahuzat Bayit envisioned the end result of the city they were founding, Odessa became a metaphor for their […]
Tel Aviv, history, town planning

Tel Aviv – a city built in a void or the city that grew alongside Jaffa?

Tel Aviv – a city built in a void or the city that grew alongside Jaffa? Tel Aviv is often described as a city that ‘’grew […]
Tel Aviv, World War One, History

Tel Aviv during the First World War.

Tel Aviv during the First World War. World War I was a difficult period for the Yishuv;  Tel Aviv was no exception.  The Turks encountered a […]
Gymnasia Herzliya, Tel Aviv, preservation, Historical Buildings

Gymnasia Herzliya: The First Hebrew High School

The story behind Gymnasia Herzliya’s first campus, and how its destruction sparked the establishment of a national preservation organization. Founded in 1905, the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium (in […]
Sussita, archaeology in Israel, conservation, history of Israel

Sussita its History, Discovery and Conservation

What is Sussita? During two weeks in July 2013 I participated in an archaeological dig on Sussita mountain.  The town that was once called Hippos – […]
Tel Aviv, Historic City, Historic preservation, Town planning

Tel Aviv: The Birth of a City – Acts 2 and 3

Tel Aviv: The Birth of a city Act 2 I present you with Tel Aviv: The birth of a city – acts 2 and 3. In […]
American Colony in Jaffa, preservation of historical buildings

The American Colony of Jaffa

The American Settlers in Jaffa There is a small quiet neighborhood in Tel Aviv called the American Colony of Jaffa. It is undergoing historic preservation in […]
Mikveh Yisrael

Mikveh Yisrael and the Birth of the Jewish State

Mikveh Yisrael- the Beginning Mikveh Yisrael, founded in March 1870, is thought to be the beginning of the agricultural settlements in the Land of Israel. It […]
Pansek's Passage, Tel Aviv, Historical building

Pansek’s Passage – The First Commercial Building in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv has many architectural gems.  You don't often see them under the layers of dirt and grime, but they are there.  One such gem is a building called "Pansek's Passage" and it is the first commercial building in Tel Aviv.
The New Commercial Center Tel Aviv

The New Commercial Center of Tel Aviv

Do you know where the New Commercial Center of Tel Aviv is? I am not talking about a new mall or covered street.  I am talking about […]

Israeli Historic Preservation as an Answer to Anti Semitism

We are witnessing an extreme rise in the most base form of antisemitism in Europe and the United States. A parade in Belgium boasts puppets dressed […]
Business Development Tel Aviv

The Arab Riots and the Development of Tel Aviv

The Arab Riots of the early 20th century was really a catalyst for the development of Tel Aviv. Before and after World War I the relationship […]


It never ceases to amaze me how a city like Haifa, which is built on the sea and has so many "gems" to offer its citizens never really took off.
Tel Aviv, History, Town Planning

Tel Aviv: The Birth of a City

Did you ever wonder how a city came to be? Why was it built in a certain place and in a certain way? Why did it develop? Why didn't it develop? Like many things we take our cities for granted. However, should we?

Historical Sites – What can we do with them?

There are many historical sites in Israel. The big question is what is to be done with them? When I say historical sites I do not mean archaeological sites but rather more modern ones.
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