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  Windows in Time 


  PALESTINE 1913*

RISHON LE ZION


photographs taken by:
Henry Nathanson

 


THE NATHANSONS
Szmul Leib and Basie, standing, left


 

THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE
Szmul Leib and Basie on steps

This was the first synagogue built in Rishon Le Zion,
perhaps as early as 1898. It still functions as a synagogue.
The building stands at the highest point in the city.

 

"ראשון לציון הנה הינם, ולירושלים מבשר אתן"

"First to Zion are they, and I shall give herald to Jerusalem"


Rishon Le Zion ("First in Zion") is located southeast of Tel Aviv. Along with Petach Tikvah, these two settlements are considered to be the first permanent settlements in Eretz Israel established by Zionist immigrants. Rishon was founded by ten immigrants from Kharkov in the Ukraine. Rishon is known to have created the first kindergarten and Hebrew elementary school (1886)in Eretz Israel. Today, it is the fourth-largest city in Israel with a population of approximately 230,000.
At first, the settlers were beset by many difficulties due to lack of water and sandy soil and had insufficient knowledge of agriculture. Thanks to Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, the agriculture improved and subsequently Rishon became known for its wine industry and its citrus fruits.
 


 


 

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