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Tel Aviv, Israel

THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST
TEL AVIV & SHARON AREA

What today’s headlines mean to tourists to Israel.

Established as a settlement in 1909, Tel Aviv is now a bustling city of two million, a vibrant center of entertainment, culture and big business. It is also blessed with one of the world's most impressive beaches.
Tel Aviv stretches along the Mediterranean, and locals and visitors alike enjoy evening strolls on the curving, two-mile promenade that hugs the shoreline. Excellent resort hotels face the beach. Altogether, the city boasts 6,000 hotel rooms, hostels and pensions that are found along the Tayelet-an esplanade that runs from north Tel Aviv to ancient Jaffa. There are dozens of nightclubs in Tel Aviv, both ethnic and international. Many major hotels have elegant clubs, as well as piano bars and discos. In Tel Aviv travelers discover a variety of excellent restaurants, including those considered Israel's finest. Tel Aviv is Israel's major business and cultural center.
From Dizengoff Street in the north, to Rothschild Boulevard in the south, Tel Aviv is filled with the treasured Bauhaus buildings that have become the city's architectural signature. Tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard wends its way through Neve Tzedek, an area that is now undergoing a revival, to one of the city's foremost cultural centers housing the Frederic Mann Auditorium (home to the Israel Philharmonic) the Helena Rubinstein Art Museum and Israel's Habima Theater. Sheinkin Street: Just off Rothschild is Sheinkin Street, where young Tel Aviv residents mix and mingle, congregating at its cafes and nightspots. Its art shops, galleries and boutiques are international in scope, but visitors can also find Israeli handcrafted items. Yirmiyahu: Trendy restaurants and pubs line Yirmiyahu, the Little Tel Aviv district at the northern corner of Dizengoff Street; and newly chic Florentine and Neve Tzedek. Nahlat Binyamin: On the south side of town, Nahlat Binyamin Street is a lively spot for young. Nahlat Binyamin pedestrian mall draws crowds to its shops, artisan stalls and cafes. The Carmel outdoor market borders Nahlat Binyamin and displays the luscious abundance of Israel's produce along several blocks.
Some of Israel's most interesting museums can be found in Tel Aviv: Ha'aretz Israel Museum is a multi faceted institution that is housed in various buildings throughout the city. The museum traces the development of regional crafts and trades that have developed through the ages. Beth Hatefutsoth, Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, tells the story of the tribulations; achievements and unity of the Jewish people, dispersed throughout the world, during a time span of 2,500 years. Tel Aviv Museum of Art exhibits the best of Israeli art, classical paintings, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, 20th Century Modern Masters and more than 20,000 prints and drawings. Open Museum of Rishon Le-Zion, housed in 100-year-old buildings, includes exhibits such as a reconstruction of the world's first Hebrew-speaking school and a sound-and-light show that depicts the First Aliyah.

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Apollonia (Arsuf)

Baldwin II overcame it with his fleet. Lost to Saladin in 1187, reoccupied by Richard in 1191.

Ayalon Valley

Valley in interior of coastal plain on the way to Judea Hills with north-east/south-west direction from the north of Latrun. A pass to 2 important roads from the coast into the hills: one via Sha'ar Haguy and one via Beit Horon. Because of its geographic situation and strategic importance, has been a military objective and a battle ground between attackers and defenders. Mentioned in EI-Amarna letters as place passed through by caravans on the way to Egypt. There Joshua beat the five kings (Joshua 10, 12); here Saul and Jonathan pursued the Philistines (Samuel I, 14, 31). Fierce battles took place here during Hasmonean and Roman and Crusader periods. Israel took the valley in the Six-Day War, and the pass opened since then new settlements have been established and a new road built which shortens the route from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem. On the southern border is a large new park -"Canada Park".

Beit (Beth) Hatefutsoth

The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Klausner St., University Campus, Ramat Aviv. Tel: 03-6462020. Open: Sun., Mon., Tue. Thurs. 10am-4pm; Wed. 10am-6pm; Fri. 9am-1pm; Sat. closed.

Ben Gurion House

Ben Gurion's home: Library of 20,000 books, pictures, moments of private & public life. Open daily: 8am-3pm; Fri. 8am-1pm; Mon. 8am-5pm. 17 Ben Gurion Blvd., Tel: 03-5221010.

Bethel or Beit El

4 km. northeast of Ramallah. Bethel means "House of God", where Jacob had his dream. "Sacred Pillar" (Mazzevah). Remains of a house. Abraham, our forefather built an altar in ancient Beit El; site of Jacob's dream. After Joshua's conquest of Eretz Israel, Beit El was included in the inheritance of the Tribe of Benjamin. In the time of the Judges, a temple there was used for worshipping God and as a judge's seat. Jeroboam Ben Nevat set up a golden calf in the Temple. In the time of Yishayahu abandoned after the destruction of the first Temple, re-established after the return from Babylon, continued throughout the 2nd Temple period. Fortified by the Syrians during the Hasmonean revolt. Captured by the Romans during the revolt against Rome. After the destruction of the 2nd Temple, Beit El gradually declined. Excavations: Evidence of settlement from Cannanite till end of Byzantine period, remains of temple, palace, fortress etc.

Bezalel Market

Off King George St., near Allenby St. Colorful stands. Boisterous competition for clientele. Shops for bargain hunters, cut-price on clothing, and odds n' ends. Take buses 2, 4, 10, 18, 24, and 25.

Carmel market

Allenby St. corner Hacarmel St. Tel Aviv's largest open air market with a traditional oriental atmosphere. Selling flowers to saucepans. Good buys on clothes, shoes, & fresh produce. Buses 2, 4, 10, 18, 24, and 25.

Coastal Plain

The coastal plain runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea and is composed of a sandy shoreline, bordered by stretches of fertile farmland extending up to 25 miles (40 km.) inland. In the north, jagged chalk and sandstone cliffs occasionally punctuate expanses of sandy beach. The coastal plain is home to more than half of Israel's over 5.5 million people and includes major urban centers, deep-water harbors, most of the country's industry and a large part of its agriculture and tourist facilities.

Eretz Israel Museum

Near Tel Aviv University Complex. Pavilions: Ceramics, Glass, Numismatics, Ethnography & Folklore. Tel Qasile excavations and gift shop. Open Sun.-Thurs. 9am-2pm; Sat. 10am-pm; Wed. 9am - 6pm & Fri. closed. 2 Lavanon St. Tel: 03-6415244.

Etzel (N.M.O.) Museums

History of Etzel, the retaliations against Arab terror & its struggle to dissolve the British mandate. Open Sun.- Thurs., 9 am to 4 pm. 38 King George St., Tel: 03-5284001.

Gezer

(Montgisard) Kibbutz 7.5 Km. Southeast of Ramle on road to Latrum. Tel Gezer: Site of ancient Gezer. Pottery remains found on the site indicate habitation from Calcheolithic times in the 4th millennium BCE. The importance of the site derives from its being the chief point of entry from the coastal plain to the Judean Hills. One of the towns conquered by Joshua. King Solomon received it as a dowry on his marriage with an Egyptian princess. Shimon the Hasmonean captured it from the foreigners (140 BCE); built a palace and a fortress and his son Yonathan became its commander. Jews were settled there in Mishnaic and Talmudic times. In the 12th century CE, great battles between Crusaders and Arabs took place, and for a while it was a command post o1 Sala-a-Din. Excavations have revealed ruins and remains from all the periods of habitation. Kibbutz Gezer: founded in 1945 CE on lands bought by English for the Jews. In the War of Independence captured by the Arab Legion, but recaptured within a few hours. 28 of the defenders fell in the battle and 30 were taken prisoners.

Hagana Museum

To preserve the Hagana heritage, the Hagana Museum opened in April 1961. It traces the Hagana's development from its predecessor organizations Bar-Giora and Hashomer through its activities from 1920 to 1948, exploring the Palmach, the Ha'apalah clandestine immigration movement, the War of Independence, and the organization's integration in the nascent IDF. The Museum was endowed as a gift to the Ministry of Defense, an initiative of a public committee headed by then Prime Minister Golda Meir. It is built near what used to be the private residence of Hagana leader Eliyahu Golomb. Two of the house's actual rooms are used to display a permanent collection comprising 837 exhibits and the Hagana archives. Besides holding lectures, enrichment programs for schoolchildren and day seminars, the Museum publishes journals and books. Open Sun.-Thurs., 9am to 4pm. 23 Rothschild Blvd., Tel: 03-5608624.

Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum

A small but interesting museum showing the history and technique of diamond production, with a film. Revolving exhibitions, on subjects such as jewelry and stamps with a diamond theme, are also held here. Guided tours available. 1 Jabotinsky St., in the Israel Diamond Exchange, Ramat Gan. Tel. (03) 5751547. Open: Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ilana Goor Museum

Located on 3 floors of the artist's residence in Old Jaffa. Open: Sun., Thurs., Fri. 10am-4pm; Mon., Tues., Wed., and Sat. 10am-10pm Tel: 03-6837676.

Jaffa

Reconstructed and renovated about 30 years ago, Old Jaffa's cobblestone paths and winding alleys twist through the massive stone fortifications that surround the city. Visitors can follow the walls that snake around the bottom of the city for a look at how this ancient, colorful corner of Jaffa is alive with some of the area's best seafood restaurants and nightclubs. It is also home to artists' colony, art galleries and high-quality craft shops.
Jaffa is south of TeI-Aviv on the Mediterranean coast and, in the past, an important port. It was built by Jaffet, the son of Noah, which explains the source of the name. From the time of King Solomon until the destruction by Tiglat Pilesser (732 BCE), it served as port for the kingdom of Israel and Judea. It was the Jerusalem outlet to Mediterranean in the reigns of David and Solomon. Jonah, who was swallowed by a great fish, set out from here on his ill-fated voyage to Tarshish. In the time of the Hasmoneans, the town was populated mainly by Gentiles who, at one time, made the Jews drown, for which Yehudah HaMaccabi burned the Jaffa Port and killed many Gentiles. Simon the Hasmonean attached Jaffa to his kingdom. The Romans turned it into a Roman town called Plavia Yoffa. Jews kept living there and many sages dwelled in it in the time of the Mishna and Talmud. It was conquered by the Crusaders and rebuilt only in the 17th century. Served mainly as a seaport for Jewish and Christian pilgrims. In 1799 CE conquered by Napoleon and then destroyed again. At the end of the 19th century, Jewish immigrants started to come, and although the town was populated mainly by Arabs, it became the main entrance for Jews into the country and a basis for the establishment of Tel -Aviv. When TeI-Aviv grew, the tension between the Arabs of Jaffa and the Jews of Tel-Aviv became greater, and various outbreaks of war occurred (1920, 1936-39 CE). The closure of the Jaffa port brought the establishment of the TeI-Aviv port. In the Independence War Jaffa was conquered by the Israeli forces and most Arabs fled. In 1950 CE it was united with Tel-Aviv and after the opening of the Ashdod port, the Jaffa port served fishermen only. The old city was reconstructed and turned into artists' suburb. Today it is a center for tourism and holiday and has many shops and art galleries.

Latrun

The Trappist Monastery of Latrun, where visitors can sample and buy the monk's Domaine Latroun wines, fiery brandy, olive oil and honey. Exiting the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway at the Latrun Interchange, travelers tour the monastery, vineyards and gardens, as well as the nearby remnants of the Crusader castle of Le Toron des Chevaliers (Latrun Abbey stands on the ruins of castle built by the Templars-end 12th century). The Trappist monks are members of a silent order and their monastery, built in 1890, recalls the traditional burial place of the "good thief" crucified with Jesus, known since the Middle Ages as "Domus Boni Latronis" (Latin for "resting place of the good thief")...hence the name, Latrun.

Lod (Lydda)

Located between the coastal plain and hilly region to the east. During the Mandate period Lod became a major railroad intersection; the city was captured, along with Ramla, in the War of Independence as a result of Operation "Danny" in July 1948.The Greeks built the recent church of St. George on the remains of the Crusader church. Israel's international airport, renamed in honor of David Ben-Gurion, was originally built on the outskirts of Lydda by the British Mandatory government in 1936. It is the home base for Israel's El Al airlines.

Migdal Zedek

Mirabel: Remains of the Castle of Mirabel. Four kilometers east of Petah Tiqva, the town of ROSH HA'AYIN is nondescript in itself but its immediate environs contain a few sites of historical significance. On the southeastern edge of town, the ruin of a white Ottoman building, Migdal Zedek, marks the site of a fortress used by the Jewish rebels against the Romans during the Jewish War of 66-70 AD. It was built on Byzantine and Crusader remains, of which a Byzantine doorway topped by a Greek inscription still survives. The building is closed to the public at present, but the hilltop offers a good view of the area. The way up, marked by a small 1948 war memorial, is just to the north of Route 444 off the Rosh Ha'Ayin east turn-off (Rehov Yehuda HaLevi). All that remains of the pre-1948 Palestinian village of Mzera'a, 4km to the south, is the Mosque of Nabi Yahya (John the Baptist), by the East Side of Route 444 at a turn-off for Karei Tzion. A small square structure, it is in fact a second-century Roman mausoleum, with a small mihrab added in a corner of the room that once held the sarcophagus.

Modi'im

Site of hewn-out graves on the plain, 10 km. east of Lod, said to be the graves of the Maccabeans, Mathityahu and four of his sons, including Yehudah Hamaccabi. In our time, a "Modi'in Torchlighting" ceremony is carried out here by members of "Maccabi" at Hannukah: the torch is carried by relays of runners to the President's House in Jerusalem. 2 km. to the east - a small Arab village said to be the site of ancient Modi'in, birthplace of the Hasmoneans. Made famous as the site of the beginning of the Maccabean revolts (165 BCE). Judah Maccabee's father Mathityahu moved his family there during Antioch IV's Hellenization of Jerusalem. Simon, the last surviving brother of Judah Maccabee built an impressive family monument on the summit of the hill consisting of 7 pyramids linked by colonnades which became a site of Jewish pilgrimage for more than 7 centuries. Modi'im was also the hometown of the conservative Eleazar Ha Modi'im (2nd c. CE), who was influential in defining rabbinical Judaism.

Mount Ebal

A mountain north of Shechem, 940 m. above sea level. Called in the Bible "The Mountain of Curse" as opposed to Mount Grizim, south of Shechem, called "Mountain of Blessing" (Deuteronomy 11, 29). Moshe (Moses) Rabeinu placed representatives of six of the twelve tribes on the mountain to read out the curses of the Lord which shall be given to whoever does not follow the laws of the Torah. At the foot of the mountain ancient tombs from the different periods of the city of Shechem were discovered.

Mount Grizim

A mountain south of Shechem, 881 m. high. Called in the Bible "The Mountain of Blessing" (Deuteronomy 11,29). Moshe Rabeinu (Moses) placed representatives of six of the twelve tribes on the mountain to read out the blessings of the Lord, which shall be given, -to that follows the laws of the Torah. In Arabic called GabeI-A-Tur, derived from the Aramaic Tura Bricha (Har Habracha). The Samaritans see it as their holy Moria Sanctified Mountain to which they pilgrim and where they sacrifice the Passover lamb. In the time of Alexander the Great they built their own temple which was used as a religious, spiritual center. In the year 125 BCE this Samaritan temple was destroyed by Yochanan Horkenos the Hasmonean (on the east side of the mountain the only thing left are the stairs leading to that temple). Till this day the Samaritans keep their rituals on this mountain. Nearby there is a synagogue and a new Samaritan neighborhood.

Museum of Rishon Le-Zion

The story of the pioneers comes alive! Take a guided tour of exhibits, enjoy a walk on "Pioneers' Way" and a unique "Sound and Light" show at the Village Well. Kikar Ha'meyasdim. Tel: 03-9641621, or 03-9682435.

Natanya

Set in the center of Israel in the Plains of Sharon, Netanya overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Flights of steps from its finely landscaped promenade lead down to the beaches, where breakwaters have split the strip of sand into quiet bays. Netanya is blessed with a great climate--long summers; short, mild winters; and a temperate fall and spring. Outdoor concerts, folk dancing, children's shows and popular entertainment are scheduled all summer long. The Netanya Diamond Center schedules free diamond cutting and polishing demonstrations.

Neve Tzedek

Tel Aviv's oldest quarter. Early 20th century buildings gradually are being restored. Newly renovated theatre complex and Dance Theater in restored school building. Find here the Suzanne Dellal Center, beautiful art galleries and great cafes all filled with tons of history. Rokach House is one of the first houses of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. The museum exhibits paintings & sculpture. Open Hours: 10:00-14:00 Group visits during the week by appointment. Shimon Rokach St. 36, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Zip: 65148.Tel: 03-5162531

Nahum Gutman Collection

A native of Neve Tzedek, he opened this excellent gallery of acrylics, oils and lithographs which depict the history of the Yishuv. 03-5161970. Daily 10am (incl. Sat.) 21 Rokach St. Entrance Fee.

Neve Tzedek

Tel Aviv's oldest quarter. Early 20th century buildings gradually are being restored. Newly ren-ovated theatre complex and Dance Theater in restored school building.

Old Jaffa

Picturesque, quaint, seaside port city. Its most historic portions restored as an artistic and cultural Centre. Arabic and Turkish architecture, ancient excavations, cobbled lanes, studios, galleries, clubs, and cafes make it a leading tourist attraction. Galleries, shops and restaurants are overlooking the ocean. To be visited by day for browsing and by night for nightlife.

Petach Tikva

Town on coastal plain, 10 km. east of TeI-Aviv. The name means "Opening for Hope" and is taken from Hoshea 2, 17. Founded in 1878 on swampy ground by orthodox Jews from Jerusalem. The first Jewish settlement of modem times hence called "Mother of settlements". ln early days malaria and neighboring Bedouin forced the settlers to move to nearby Yahud. Only after the swamps were drained could they return and reestablish the settlement. From the beginning all work was performed by Jews, and it became an important way station for 2nd Aliyah immigrants and members of the Labor Movement. Nearby battles during World-War I. Attacked by Arabs in 1921 CE. Given town status in 1937 CE .In course of time grew and developed; in 1989 CE - 130,700 inhabitants supported initially by Baron Rothschild -"The Baron's Gate" at entrance to the town commemorates him. Today has industry, a large medical center, memorials to victims of 1921 CE massacre and to the fallen of Israel's wars, a zoo, a museum. Park Afek: important excavations partially reconstructed nearby.

Ramla (Rames)

The great mosque, originally the Crusader church of St. John the Baptist. Well-preserved Crusader building.

Rehovot

Town on the coastal plain, 20 km south of Tel Aviv - name taken from Genesis 26, 22; founded in 1890 CE. During the 2nd Aliya it was an important social and cultural center in the history of Jewish settlement; the first Hebrew language instruction was given here to the Sephardic community. The settlement developed greatly between the two World Wars, and cultural and scientific institutions were established. Dr. Haim Weizman, first president of Israel, settled there. The Weizman Institute, the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture and other scientific and cultural institutes are in Rehovot.

Rosh-Ha'ayin Le Toron

Aux Fontaines des Sourdes (Les Loges). Remains of the Crusader Castle.

Rubin Museum

The former residence of painter Rueven Rubin. Permanent collection: selection of Rubin oil paintings from the 1920's and early 1970's. Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tuesday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm -8: 00 pm. 14 Bialik Street, Tel: 03-5255961.

Shalom Tower Observatory

Experience a breathtaking view from Tel Aviv's tallest building. Multimedia room, sky-high cafe, lectures & guided tours. Sun.-Thurs. 10am-6: 30pm Fri. and holiday eves. 10 am-2 pm; Sat. 11 am -4 pm. 1 Herzl Street, tel: 03-5177304.

Shechem (Nablus)

Town in Samaria between Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal. Site of ancient town with continuous existence from Canaanite times to the present. (In 1993 CE - 90,000 inhabitants, mainly Moslem; small Christian and Samaritan community). Mentioned in Egyptian documents from the 19th century BCE, In El Amarna letters, 14th century BCE. From the time of the Patriarchs: Abraham built an altar nearby (Genesis 12, 6-7); Jacob bought land and built an alter (Genesis 33, 18-19); where the vengeance of Shimon and Levy followed the abduction of their sister Dina. During the time of the tribal settlement, the boundary between the inheritance of Ephraim and Menashe was at Shechem (Joshua 17,7). The town was one of the 6 cities of refuge (Joshua 2,7). The body of Joseph was buried in Shechem after it was returned from Egypt (Joshua 24,32). At Shechem Joshua confirmed the covenant with the Lord. Gideon's son, Avimelech, was crowned king of Shechem. After the division of the Kingdoms Jeroboam made it his capital (Kings I, 12, and 25). After the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel, the Assyrian king settled exiled Samaritans and Gentiles there (Kings 2, 17, 24). Sanbalat of Shechem, governor of Samaria in the Persian period interfered with the building of the walls of Jerusalem in the time of Shivat Zion (Nechemia 3, 33-35). Alexander the Great allowed the Samaritans to build a temple in Mount Grizim. In 129 BCE, Yochanan Horkenos extended the town and destroyed the Samaritan temple, Vespasianus razed the ancient town to the ground and built a new town between Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal (the site of the present town), from whose Latin name Neapolis the Arab name Nablus derives. It continues to be known by the Latin name in Mishnaic and Talmudic times. Afterwards it fell to the Byzantines and the Crusaders, and subsequently to the Arabs. In the 13th century CE Jews came to Shechem fleeing from Jerusalem during the Mongol invasion. Travelers from the 16th century onwards report on Jewish settlement there. Shechem was capture by the IDF in the Six Day War. A Yeshiva had been established near Joseph's tomb.

Shomron (Sebastia)

8 km. northwest of Shechem, on Shechem-Jenin road, near Arab village Sebastia. Built by 0mri, King of Israel towards the end of 9th century BCE and called Shomron in name of Shemer, owner of the land (Kings, 16, 24). Capital of the Kingdom of Israel tills its destruction, when the Israelites were expelled and Assyrians replaced them afterwards a Hellenistic center. Captured by Yochanan Horkenos the Hasmonean. Alexander Yannai rebuilt it and settled Jews there during Roman period. The town was again destroyed in the revolt against Rome; rebuilt much later; in Byzantine, Arab and Crusaders' hands and then, declined into a small village. Remains of walls, royal palaces, buildings from the time of the Kings of Israel; remains of splendid palace, hippodrome, theater and temple from Roman period.

Taiyiba (Ofra, Shomron)

Ruins of a Crusader tower on the hill (Castle of St. Elias). Ruins of Crusader Church of St. George.

Tel Aviv/Jaffa Antiquities Museum

10 Mifratz Shlomo St. near Jaffa Port. Tel: 03-6825375. Archaeological findings of Jaffa's rich past. Open Sunday to Thursday 9 am - 2 pm; Wednesday, 9am - 7pm; and Saturday, 10am - 2pm.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. Permanent and changing exhibitions of Israeli and International Art. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-6pm; Tuesday 10 am - 10 pm; Friday and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Tel: 03-6961297. See also the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art - 6 Tarsat Blvd. Tel: 03-5287196, opening hours as above.

Tel Al-Hasi

Identified with Eglon (Joshua 10:3). Excavations have revealed 8 levels, from 2600 BCE to the First Temple Period. Between the 17th and 12th centuries BCE, a primitive, pictographic Proto-Canaanite alphabet was employed in Tel Al-Hani.

Tel Grissa on TeI-Aviv

Ramat Gan border levels from Stone Age to beginning of Israelite period. Possibly Biblical Gat Rimon, a town of the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19, 45-46).

Tel Qasile

Part of Eretz Israel Museum complex. Ancient Tel, once the site of a Philistine settlement (12 BCE). Reconstructed dwellings. Sun.-Thurs. 9am-12: 30pm. Fri.-Sat. closed. Near the Tel Aviv University Campus.

The Bible Museum

The house was built by Meir Dizengoff, one of the founders of Tel Aviv and the first Mayor of the City. On the 14th May 1948 David Ben-Gurion proclaimed in the House the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel. In 1973 on the initiative of David Ben-Gurion the House became the Museum of the Bible. In 1980 the Hall of Independence was inaugurated on the ground floor. The Hall is affiliated to the "Land of Israel Museum" and recreates the events of the Declaration of the State. The Wings of the Bible Museum The Bible in Art Painting, Sculpture and Ceramics. The Bible in prints Commentaries to the Bible and Apocrypha, Encyclopedias, Biblical History, Geography, and Archeology; maps, photos of the Dead Sea-scrolls, Bible critics, legends and songs. An annual feature of the Museum is the Exhibition "Israel's painters paint Bible" in cooperation with the association of painters and sculptors, and the Exhibition of "Israel's children paint Bible" in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture. There are constantly changing exhibitions of the works of Artists, Israeli as Foreign, on Biblical subjects. It is a tradition of the Museum that the second-year school children of the Tel Aviv grammar schools receive their first Bible-textbooks here. Rothshild Boulevard 16, Tel-Aviv 66881, Israel Tel. 972-3-5177760 fax. 972-3-5107661 E-mail: biblemuseum@inter-s.com Visiting Hours: Sunday to Thursday - 09:00 to 13:00 hrs.

Yavneh

Settlement on the coastal plain, on the Rishon-Le-Zion Ashdod road, 8 km southwest of Rehovot. Established in 1949 by immigrants; present population - largely immigrants from North Africa and Persia, Yemen and Europe. Ancient Yavneh City in inheritance of the Tribe of Yehudah. Commercial city on "Sea Road" with its own port near the entry into the sea of the river Sorek. Mentioned in time of King Uziah, captured by the Hasmoneans from the Greeks. Important center of learning after the fall of the 2nd Temple; Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai established the Yeshiva "Kerem D'Yavneh"; the new Sanhedrin sat there and the basis of the Mishnah was laid down. Declined from its greatness after the Bar Kochba rebellion. Under various controls till captured by the IDF. Grave of Raban Gamliel.

Weizmann Institute of Science

Come share the excitement at Israel's leading center of scientific research. Absorb the atmosphere - the varied challenges of research and the exuberance of success - all part of the scientific endeavor. The center is open daily: Sunday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Visitors Center also has a gift and coffee shop. Entrance fee: 25 NIS for adults; 15 NIS for students, soldiers in active duty, physically handicapped, and senior citizens; 200 NIS for Groups requiring a guide.

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