Meet You at the Garden!

 Celebrating in the streets of Tel Aviv on November 29, 1947 (Credit: AP)

A few months ago, my friend and I agreed to meet at the garden where 29th meets 35th. Sounds like we were meeting in Manhattan to catch a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. Better than that, we were getting together in the center of Jerusalem.

2017-04-26 13:15:04
All Roads Lead To . . .

 Jaffa Road, circa 1950 (Photo: Fritz Cohen, public domain)

One of the most famous – and longest – streets of Jerusalem is Rechov Yaffo, or Jaffa Street. It runs from the entrance of the city all the way to the Old City walls. Why is this main thoroughfare in Jerusalem named after a city located adjacent to Tel Aviv?

2017-03-24 01:28:27
With All Due Diligence Respect

We recently were involved in a very small deal in Jerusalem, and I mean tiny. We sold a 15 square meter (sqm), or approximately 160 square foot, studio in Rechavia for 500,000 NIS, or $130,000.

Everything about the unit appeared to be kosher, despite its diminutive size: the building drawings were recorded in the municipality and the unit was registered in TABU (land registry). Accordingly, and against our advice, the purchaser did not apply for a mortgage prior to signing the contract, as he had good credit and was only planning to borrow a relatively small portion of the purchase price.

That was a mistake.

2017-02-26 18:02:41
Jerusalem Real Estate: Intrigue and Irony

 7 Chovevei Tzion in Talbieh ( Photo: Josh Gold of Serio Films

After the establishment of the State of Israel, many architecturally distinctive homes got chopped up into small apartments and were populated by displaced families and immigrant families. By the 1960s, these formerly majestic buildings became rundown, due to the heavy wear and tear that they endured, and many of these structures were abandoned.

2017-02-09 22:40:49
Jerusalem’s Streets: Neighborhood Themes

 Israelis hilariously pronounce this street Rechov Linc-o-lin. (Photo:

Throughout the world, many neighborhoods have groups of streets with names related to a specific theme. For example, growing up in Long Beach, New York, I lived on Walnut Street and my friends lived on Olive, Pine, Maple and Beech. Similarly, most of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods have street name themes. 

2017-01-17 16:13:07
Mitzpe Ramon: Not Just a Resort Town

 The Ramon Crater  (Photo: CC-BY-SA Avi Yotham, Wikipedia)

In addition to its wonderful tourist attractions - the Ramon Crater (Machtesh) and the luxurious Bresheet Spa - Mitzpe Ramon is gaining a reputation as an affordable neighborhood which offers its residents a wonderful quality of life.

2017-01-11 17:33:19
Challenge for Overseas Buyers: Apartment Registration

My relatives recently sold their apartment, and the contract signing was delayed by over a month because their identification numbers on the apartment registration were from expired passports, which had since been replaced by new passports with new passport numbers.

2016-12-25 22:25:22
Jerusalem’s Streets: Rechov Hakablan

 Rav Ovadia Yosef lecturing PM Netanyahu. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Flash 90

Rechov Hakablan has become one of Jerusalem’s most famous streets, because half of the Knesset’s Shas party members live along this block. The magnet that attracted them was Harav Ovadia Yosef zt”l who lived in a modest apartment on the street. 

2016-11-30 14:02:12

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