Windows in Time
RISHON LE ZION
photographs taken by:
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
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
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