Nahalat Binyamin

The famous pedestrian street of Tel-Aviv

Nahalat Binyamin - Panoramic View

On 5 December 1909, 35 Jewish families organized their funds to purchase land, east of the Ahozat Bait, or Mansion House, neighbourhood— the first neighbourhood established, on 11 April 1909, in Tel Aviv. The new neighbourhood was called Nahalat Binyamin.  The families, who established the original neighborhood, came from Jaffa and Neve Shalom, and were of low economic status— mostly working as clerks, merchants and tiny craftsmen. The neighborhood area was, approximately, 21 acres and plots were distributed by lottery. According to rules of the neighborhood, houses were built on both sides of the street; there was four meters of space between the houses, separated by a wooden fence. The houses were small one-story constructions, containing two rooms— a kitchen and a balcony, and were also surrounded by a garden.

A lack of money and resources made the Nahalat Binyamin neighborhood dependent on the Mansion House neighborhood for its water supply. According to an agreement, between the two neighbourhoods, the Mansion House neighbourhood provided water to Nahalat Binyamin neighbourhood, and the neighbourhood of Nahalat Binyamin participated in road and railway maintenance. In September 1912, after renaming the Mansion House neighborhood to Tel Aviv, the two neighbourhoods consolidated and Nahalat Benjamin neighbourhood accepted the Tel Aviv Regulations. After the unification, Nahalat Binyamin began to develop; houses were built with several floors, stores and workshops were opened on the ground floor, and Nahalat Binyamin Street became a commercial street in Tel Aviv.

Over the years, the neighborhood was neglected and lost importance; workshops and stores were closed, long-time residents died or left, and the buildings were neglected and began to crumble. In the mid-80s of the 20th century, it was decided to restore and preserve the northern section of Nahalat Binyamin Street, which has buildings of historical and architectural importance, from the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the buildings are relatively well-preserved, despite the years, and deserve rehabilitation and conservation.

Nahalat Binyamin in the evening

The Neria Arie Elalouf Home, Nahalat Binyamin 30

A view of the Fair artists 

Nahalat Binyamin Street is nowadays well known for its lively pedestrian street. The area operates as an artisans’ fair, aimed at preserving the cultural handmade crafts. The fair hosts many artists who practice and create works of art, give explanations about the nature of their work, and also sell their artwork.  Sculptures, paintings, stained glass and ceramics, and various artifacts are sold at the fair. The fair also presents artwork made by people with disabilities.

Israel has a number of associations that are used as warm shelter-houses for youth at risk and for people with disabilities. During the fair, stalls selling works made by boys and men, belonging to these organizations, are sold.

Artists stalls at the pedestrian mall of Nahalat Binymain

The fair runs on Tuesdays and Fridays;

Winter - from 10:00 to 17:00, Summer - On Tuesday from 10:00 to 19:00.

On Friday from 10:00 to 17:00.

The fair also operates during Sukkot, Passover and Hanukkah.

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