Rabbi's Message

Temple Sisterhood Shalom everyone,

I hope that everyone is safe, healthy, and is enjoying the start of summer.

We are continuing with the new normal, and have resumed our Shabbat morning services. - See the President's Message. If you're one of the few who must go to work, please know we appreciate your essential efforts in keeping our country going!! So, in the spirit of making peace with the way of the world, we are going to continue to put our best foot forward as a Jewish community.

Feel free to view our Facebook page, which will have information posted and check for updates.

I am on vacation during the summer months but can still be reached via email, text, or telephone. I would love to hear from you.

Stay positive and Shabbat Shalom,

Student Rabbi David Joslin

A Bit of Israel – Sarona

        Sarona is a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv. Originally a German Templar Colony built in 1871, the site sits at the heart of what is a new central business district of the city, with offices and apartments surrounding the beautifully landscaped complex. Thirty-three original Templar buildings, dating back more than 140 years, have been painstakingly restored and today Sarona houses boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Opened in early 2014, Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s liveliest spots

        Sarona was established over 140 years ago by German Templars - Christians who headed to the Holy Land and created a “colony” similar to those found in Haifa, Jerusalem, and elsewhere across Israel. The Templar Colony became a leisure and commerce destination. The Templars never gave up their German citizenship and culture. Although only a few of the younger Templars were active Nazis in the 1930’s, the British, in 1941, deported the entire group to an Australian detention camp.

        With the Templars gone, the British occupied the colony, fortifying it, and creating there a military base which was attacked numerous times by the Jewish underground groups in the pre-State era. The British handed the Sarona compound to the Jewish leaders in December 1947.

        Following the Establishment of the State of Israel, in May 1948, the complex housed some of the original government ministries until December 1949. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, renamed the Sarona, the “Kirya” (The Compound), and from then, until its renovation and reopening, it housed the headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who still occupy the northern part of the Kirya. The Kirya is visible across the street from Sarona and is the equivalent of our Pentagon.

        The Tel Aviv Municipality approved the restoration of Sarona in 2006, Almost all of the buildings were successfully restored and the unique and charming character features which they embody were brought back to their former glory. The newly renovated complex opened in early 2014

        Sarona has quickly become one of the hottest destinations in Tel Aviv, with the restored buildings. It houses an amazing array of boutique stores, eating and drinking destinations, art galleries, children’s playgrounds, a visitor center documenting the history and restoration of Sarona, the world-class indoor Sarona Market and beautifully landscaped gardens.


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