Jaffa Port renewal
Restoring an icon: From derelict warehouses to a vibrant hub
Jaffa Port is one of the oldest ports in the world and, today completes the Tel Aviv shoreline. Jaffa Port has long been part of Israel’s history – from the Bible to the establishment of the modern state. Most famously, it is the port from which the Biblical character, Jonah, set sail in the story ‘Jonah and the Whale’. Although Jaffa is recognized as a tourist and cultural site, it has been neglected and fallen into a state of disrepair.
The project will convert Jaffa Port’s derelict warehouses into a vibrant hub of culture and leisure which is accessible to all. The new precinct will uniquely demonstrate Tel Aviv-Jaffo’s connection between history and today. Utilizing the existing structures, features will include market stalls, restaurants, art galleries, sea scouts and water education center, live music and theater performances, and indoor/outdoor leisure spaces.
This project represents a vital opportunity to revive the area – a place of co-existence and diversity – and secure its future as a hub for the people and a gateway to the sea. For example, Jaffa’s rich fishing history will be contemporized through seafood delicacies and water activities for children, even as local fisherman set out to continue their centuries-old tradition in the area.
The project has several elements, including the sea scouts and water education center and the outdoor area, which can be supported individually or together.
Total donation requested: $16,000,000