- Credit: Noa Guttmann
Marot Hasulam Synagogue
Restoring an architectural and historical landmark
The Marot HaSulam Synagogue was the first synagogue in Tel Aviv, built in the beginning of the twentieth century. It is located in the heart of Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood in the city of Tel Aviv, which was established in 1887. In the past, the synagogue was central to the public life of the neighborhood. It is a unique and beautiful building, influenced by the tradition and decorative style of Eastern Europe and of great architectural and historical value.
Sadly, the building deteriorated over the years and the number of worshippers dwindled. Eventually, it was deserted completely. A number of years ago, a fire engulfed the synagogue in flames, destroying the interior.
Today, Neve Tzedek is a lively residential neighborhood with a growing young population. It is also a site for tourism due to its historical value. Many of the historic buildings have already been restored or renovated. The significant heritage value of the Marot HaSulam Synagogue Marot and its importance to the cultural and urban fabric of the neighborhood makes it a prime choice for restoration.
The Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and residents of Neve Tzedek are seeking to restore the Marot HaSulam building and turn it into a museum and synagogue. This will also position it as an attraction for the many tourists visiting Neve Tzedek who are interested in the neighborhood’s history. The museum component will include a permanent exhibition about Eastern European synagogues of the same tradition.
Donation requested: $1,800,000.