Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An apartment block 1/4 km long


Old apartment buildings like this in Beer Sheva are known as "batei rakevet," literally, "railway houses," because they seem to go on forever and ever.
I think this is the one known in the guidebooks as "the 1/4 kilometer long apartment building," an exceptionally long one and thus an architectural curiosity. 

After the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 mass waves of new immigrants swamped the country.
Beer Sheva in the south was still small then, so housing had to be put up quickly and cheaply.

At least the apartment owners have some green trees out back to soften the view.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Colorful prefab huts for school


Last week these prefabs were trucked into Meitar through streets that were blocked off to traffic.
Slowly slowly a crane set them down in their designated places.
About seven in all. 

The school yard is a mess, meanwhile.
Let's hope the builders get everything in order before the first day of school, September1.

Meitarim is the town of Meitar's middle school.
I guess they need more space and the colorful huts are the (temporary?) solution.
See more about this school in these three posts.
(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Water from the rock


Happy International Cat Day.
This is a favorite memory of a cat drinking from a rock.
It was a rainy day in March at the tomb of the Rambam (Maimonides) in Tiberias.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday farmers market in Meitar


A farmers market, in Meitar!
It has happened every Friday morning for the last three weeks, and each time it gets bigger and better.

These cheeses came all the way from Hanoked, a farm in the north, near Akko.
The sign says "boutique cheeses."

In the center of town is the Mercaz, the commercial center.
A few stores and the Local Council (like a city hall or municipality, IF we were a city).
Now it is mid afternoon and everything is closed for the Sabbath; businesses and offices will open again on Sunday.
Shabbat shalom, Sabbath peace to you.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dressing up old photographs


With sequins and threads, artist Ayelet Rosenberg has found a novel way to embellish old photos! 

Her "Mybroidery" exhibit can be found in the Senate Building gallery at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva.

You can enlarge the photos to see the details.