Neve Tzedek (Dwellings of Justice) was established in 1887, 22 years before Tel Aviv was even founded, by a small group of Jewish families seeking to move outside of the over-crowded port city of Jaffa. Located just south of the Yemenite Quarter, Neve Tzedek is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Tel Aviv.
By the beginning of the 20th century, Neve Tzedek had become the home of many artists and writers, including Nobel Prize-winning author S.Y. Agnon.
In 1914, the Eden Theater, the first cinema in pre-state Israel, was up and running in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. However, while Tel Aviv was busy expanding to the north and east in the early days of the state, Neve Tzedek was allowed to deteriorate, with old houses and streets literally crumbling away.
Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv: the Revival
Only in the 1980s did the neighborhood recapture its former glory, and it has since become a stylish residence with plenty of restaurants, trendy cafés and bars, galleries, designer shops and boutique hotels.
Historical sites include: “the home of the writers”, which has become the Nahum Gutman Museum today; a building which housed important thinkers and writers such as Yossef Haim Brener, Devorah Baron, and Yossef Aharonovitch; Shimon Rokah’s home; the Suzanne Dellal center and the Sheloush home.
Made up of about a dozen tiny streets crammed with one- and two-story dwellings in various stages of renovation, Neve Tzedek’s rich history is constantly being discovered and celebrated by modern architects and designers. In recent years, beautiful old buildings have been lovingly restored. The gorgeous architecture, packed within quiet narrow lanes, along with the relaxed manner of the neighborhood’s residents, make the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv a gem of a place to spend an afternoon.
On your visit, make sure to check out the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, located in the heart of Neve Tzedek. Surrounded by lovely gardens and a splendid piazza, this complex is home to two of Israel’s premier dance companies, Batsheva Dance Company and Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company.
What’s near to Neve Tzedek
• HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s Old Railway station is a short walk from Neve Tzedek
• The neighborhood of Florentin offers the hottest Tel Aviv nightlife area.
• Also, be sure to check out other things to do in Tel Aviv