Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa, twenty-two years before the establishment of the city of Tel Aviv. The year was 1887, and as time went by, Neve Tzedek developed into a center of good taste and high culture. Many intellectuals and artists dwell and create in this charming neighborhood and it has become one of the more desirable areas of Tel Aviv in which to live.
A tour of the narrow lanes and colorful streets is a fabulous experience, and constant renovations seem to reveal a gem on every corner. Among popular attractions such as Shabazi Street and the Suzanne Dellal Dance Centre, you’ll find the home of Hebrew Nobel Prize winning author Shai Agnon, who lived here from 1909 to 1912. Famed artist Nachum Gutman also had a home in the area which is now a museum housing his photographs, videos, and numerous creations.
The Rokeach House belonged to the Rokeach family who were pioneers of the area. Their home has become both a museum and memorial. In addition to the variety of objects on display, you’ll find an exhibition of artist Leah Majero-Mintz, the founding father’s granddaughter; she renovated the house on her own, without the help of the authorities. On the east edge of the neighborhood stands the Shalom Tower, which was once the highest building in Tel Aviv. It still boasts a terrific observation deck from which you can take in an expansive view of Neve Tzedek, the hill of Jaffa, and the Mediterranean Sea.