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Rishon Lezion

During the second half of the 19th century millions of Jews chose to leave countries where they had lived for a thousand years. A majority sailed to North America, but some idealistic and religious Jews immigrated to the Holy Land to participate in the Jewish national renaissance to create a Jewish economy based on agriculture and eventually lay the foundation for a Jewish state. They are called the FirstAliyah, to differentiate them from the socialist immigrants who followed them a generation later. Rishon was founded by members of Hovevei Zion from the Ukraine and Bilu pioneers on land purchased from the Arab village of Ayun Kara. If you want to take a peek at the fulfilment of this dream you should come to tourist Rishon Lezion (Isaiah 41:27).

Rothschild Pedestrian Mall

The main street is named after Baron Edmond Rothschild who came to the aid of the pioneer settlement by funding the digging of the life saving well.

Rothschild Pedestrian Mall
Rothschild Pedestrian Mall

 

Colony Garden (Gan HaMoshava)

First Aliyah villages all created gardens, perhaps under the leadership of Baron Rothschild’s French settlement managers.

Colony Garden (Gan HaMoshava) now City Garaden (Gan Ha Ir)
Colony Garden (Gan HaMoshava) now City Garaden (Gan Ha Ir)

City Hall

The historic city hall near the well and the garden.

City Hall
City Hall

 

Museum of Rishon LeZion

Authentic pioneer homes have been renovated and transformed into a very cute museum which gives you a chance to feel as if you were there when they lived here. This is not a model, but the real thing! Exhibits are open Sun/Tues/Wed/Thurs: 09:00-14:00. Mon: 09:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00 Address: 2 Ahad Ha-am St. (Kikar Ha’meyasdim). Tel: 03-9598862,03-9598890

Rishon Lezion Museum
Rishon Lezion Museum

Diligence Stage Coach

Rishon Lezion pioneered coach travel between the Jewish settlements and the main city in Jaffa.

Stage Coach
Stage Coach
Stage Coach
Stage Coach

Schalit Farm

The museum shows you how the first settlers lived.

Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse
Schalit Farmhouse bedroom

Founders Hall

As you can see the original First Aliyah settlers were mostly Orthodox Jews. However in the multi-media movie in the Yosef Feinberg Colony Well Sound and Light Show the pioneers look like modern Israelis.

Schalit Farmhouse - Founders Room
Schalit Farmhouse – Founders Room

First Jewish Flag

This is the flag of Rishon Lezion. Note that it has four stripes. Michael Halperin’s flag in Ness Ziona with only two wider blue stripes became the model for the flag of the Zionist Movement.

Schalit Farmhouse - First Israeli Flag
Schalit Farmhouse – First Israeli Flag

Clothing in Rishon Lezion

This is a beautiful exhibition.

Schalit Farmhouse - black is beautiful
Schalit Farmhouse – black is beautiful
Schalit Farmhouse - earlier clothing
Schalit Farmhouse – earlier clothing
Schalit Farmhouse - later clothes
Schalit Farmhouse – later clothes

 Professions in Rishon Lezion

Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava

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Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava
Professions in Rishon Lezon Moshava

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Yosef Feinberg Colony Well (Be’er HaMoshava)

You should view the Yosef Feinberg Colony Well Sound and Light Show near by.

Moshava Well
Moshava Well

 

Rishon Water Museum
Rishon Water Museum

 

Rishon Water Museum
Rishon Water Museum
Rishon Water Museum
Rishon Water Museum

Haviv School – the first Hebrew speaking school –  in Rishon

This unique photo compares the school as it is today with a photo of the original school building. In the Haviv School, teachers not only had to teach, but they created new Hebrew words (based on ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic and common sense) for tools and terms that did not exist at the time of the Bible.

Haviv School then and now
Haviv School then and now

Historical Houses

Historic Houses in Rishon
Historic Houses in Rishon
Historic Houses in Rishon
Historic Houses in Rishon
Historic Houses in Rishon
Historic Houses in Rishon
Historic sewer cover
Historic sewer cover

The Great Synagogue

Built by Baron Rothschild. Very similar to the Great Synagogue in Zichron Yaakov

The Great Synagogue, Rishon
The Great Synagogue, Rishon

Carmel Mizrachi Wineries

The first thing that comes to my mind when you say “Rishon Lezion” is wine. Yes, vineyards became one of the main products of the new Jewish farmers of the Zionist movement. Wine had been deleted from agriculture since the Muslim conquest. Crusaders would grow grapes and drink wine, but Arabs would not. So the Zionist movement had to recreate this industry. Grapes and Jaffa oranges strengthened the economy of this new settlement.

This is the first winery in Israel. Tours are available for groups of 10 – 20 people. Winery tours are held from Sunday to Friday but prior arrangements are required.

 The Rishon Lezion “Orchestra”

This popular  parody on the make-shift “orchestra” of Rishon Lezion’s pioneers.

Shvil HaRishonim (the Founders Trail) in Rishon LeZion

Follow the Yellow Brick Wall to the tourist sites of Rishon Lezion.

Shvil Harishonim
Shvil Harishonim
Rishon LeZion offers a nostalgic walking trail named Shvil HaRishonim (the Founders Trail). The trail has signs and is not too long. It takes you to 17 historic sites and landmarks
Shvil HaRishonim (the Founders Trail) begins at the Rishon LeZion Museum, 2 Ahad HaAm Street.
Pioneers Way
Pioneers Way

 

 

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