The Rokach House Museum is located in the picturesque Neve tzedek neighborhood and was one of the first houses built in Neve Tzedek. Shimon Rokach was an illustrious public servant and was behind the construction of Neve Tzedek, which was the first neighborhood built outside of Jaffa's walls and the starting point for the buzzing Tel aviv metropolis of today. Rokach was dedicated to improving the living conditions and welfare of the Jewish new immigrants.
The Rokach House was designed by an Austrian architect and was visited by people from all over the country on account of it's unusual dome. It was one of the first ten houses built in Neve Tzedek and today serves as a historic site and museum. Neve Tzedek has seen some very hard years before it became the hippy neighborhood it is today, and at one point in the eighties the Rokach House was even slated for demolition. Rokach's granddaughter, Lea Majaro-Mintz, an artist and pioneer of restoration projects in Tel Aviv, took legal action that resulted in the private restoration of her grand-father's house.
The Rokach House Museum today operates as a private museum, displaying Majaro-Mintz's works, as well as serving as a venue for unique cultural events, such as concerts and Hebrew lectures. Space is limited so one should reserve places and keep in mind that credit cards aren't accepted.
Majaro-Mintz's most famous sculptures are those of the female figure, featured not as sexual or beautiful, but rather as tired creatures who have to juggle careers and child-rearing in the modern world. The exhibits of Majaro-Mintz are accompanied by Hebrew explanations.
As well as the sculptures, there is furniture, household goods, clothing and photographs from the early days of Tel Aviv, as well as a short film that is available in English on the history of the neighborhood.
address: The Rokach House Museum is situated at 36 Shimon Rokach Street, Neve Tzedek.
Open Hours: Fridays and Saturdays only 10:00-14:00. Group tours are available during the week with prior arrangement.
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