Out for the Day in Tel Aviv-Yafo

Norton House, Yafo.

Today was our first day outside of our city for other than a quick errand. We traveled there to visit with our Colorado team organizers. It was very nice to meet up with them. We are all disappointed to have had to cancel the Colorado conference scheduled for July.

Baruch and I walked around the American Colony in Yafo. One of the buildings still standing, and beautifully renovated is the Norton House (above).

The Norton House is a two-story wooden building built by P. A. Norton in 1866. It is located on 4 Auerbach St., next to the Hotel Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv-Yafo’s American Colony. It was one of the first buildings built in the American Colony by the first American colonists who had arrived earlier that year from Maine. The house was built from pre-fabricated pieces that had been brought by ship with the first settlers and assembled on location.

The house was later sold to Peter Martin Metzler, a German missionary who later sold the house to the London Jews Society, an evangelical Christian movement who turned the house into a religious Mission until 1926. Today it is a hotel.

This was the first day that restaurants, cafes and all stores were open as normal. It was so nice to be out and see something different :). Tel Aviv is a very vibrant, diverse city. It is actually a twin city (Tel Aviv-Yafo). There are ancient parts and very modern areas.

For those of you who are part of the Global Prayer Team, I (Rivka) will now be overseeing the team. I am changing the email sending to Friday, in order to give the team the Torah Reading schedule for Shabbat, instead of giving them the reading six days ahead. I think this might enhance your Shabbat more.

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