Neve Schechter. Home for contemporary Jewish culture and art

Neve Schechter is located in a beautiful Templar building that has undergone preservation. It has a colorful and fascinating history and is situated on the seam line between the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and the Florentine neighborhood in Tel Aviv.
The Center offers an original cultural experience of different genres - literature, music and art, alongside an opportunity to study Judaism in pluralistic ways, and to participate in communal activities.

Neve Schechter. Home for contemporary Jewish culture and art

Neve Schechter is located in a beautiful Templar building that has undergone preservation. It has a colorful and fascinating history and is situated on the seam line between the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and the Florentine neighborhood in Tel Aviv.
The Center offers an original cultural experience of different genres - literature, music and art, alongside an opportunity to study Judaism in pluralistic ways, and to participate in communal activities.

Neve Schechter. House for contemporary culture and art. illustration by Moran Krigsman

Story of the House סיפור הבית

1886

In 1886, Franz Lorenz, one of the German Templers who settled in Jaffa, purchased a plot near Neve Tzedek, where he built a residence and coffee house known as Café Lorenz. The house also served as a cultural center for the Templers and the residents of Jaffa and Tel Aviv, as S.Y. Agnon colorfully described in his book Only Yesterday.

1909-10

In 1909 and 1910, Hebrew theater enthusiasts staged the first Hebrew theater performances at Café Lorenz for Jaffa and Tel Aviv residents.

1920-48

During most of the British Mandate period, from 1920 to 1948, Café Lorenz hosted many private and public events, including weddings, holiday parties, and commercial and social conferences.

1948

In 1948, at the end of the War of Independence, the compound was renovated for the Israel Defense Forces and adapted for use as a guest house, restaurant, and event hall for soldiers under the direction of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers.
In 1965, the soldier’s guest house was closed and the compound remained abandoned.

2012

The historic building was restored and preserved by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, which established a center for contemporary Jewish culture and art there.

Story of the House

- 1886 -

In 1886, Franz Lorenz, one of the German Templers who settled in Jaffa, purchased a plot near Neve Tzedek, where he built a residence and coffee house known as Café Lorenz. The house also served as a cultural center for the Templers and the residents of Jaffa and Tel Aviv, as S.Y. Agnon colorfully described in his book Only Yesterday.

- 1909-10 -

In 1909 and 1910, Hebrew theater enthusiasts staged the first Hebrew theater performances at Café Lorenz for Jaffa and Tel Aviv residents.

- 1920-48 -

During most of the British Mandate period, from 1920 to 1948, Café Lorenz hosted many private and public events, including weddings, holiday parties, and commercial and social conferences.

- 1948 -

In 1948, at the end of the War of Independence, the compound was renovated for the Israel Defense Forces and adapted for use as a guest house, restaurant, and event hall for soldiers under the direction of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers.
In 1965, the soldier’s guest house was closed and the compound remained abandoned.

- 2012 -

The historic building was restored and preserved by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, which established a center for contemporary Jewish culture and art there.

Scheduele a tour of the historic house of Neve Schechter, including a viewing of a short film that tells the fascinating story of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek neighbourhood and the house for the last 130 years. Leave your details here>>

Scheduele a tour of the historic house of Neve Schechter, including a viewing of a short film that tells the fascinating story of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek neighbourhood and the house for the last 130 years. Leave your details here>>

Getting Here:

42 Chelouche St., Tel Aviv

03-5170358

office@neve.org.il

How to get here:

By bus:
Shlush/Eilat Station | Egged Lines: 40, 41 and 240

Public parking lots nearby:
4 Elifelet St., Tel Aviv | Hamered St. corner with 65 Yehezkel Koifman St., Tel Aviv

Staff

Romina Reisin | Director
03-5170358 (ext. 102)
romina@neve.org.il

Shira Friedman | Curator of Schechter Gallery
03-5170358
shiraf@neve.org.il

Shlomi Navon | Exhibit Coordinator
03-5170358 (ext. 105)
shlomi@neve.org.il

 

Staff

Mey Izhar | Office & Content
03-5170358 (ext. 4)
office@neve.org.il

Itamar San Martin | Superintendent
03-5170358

Moran Krigsman | Design & New Media
03-5170358 (ext. 4)
moran.k@neve.org.il

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לוגו מכון שכטר

The Schechter Institute is an academic and educational institution dedicated to ensuring, through Jewish education, the future of Israel as a democratic state, secure in its Jewish roots.

Schechter was founded 36 years ago to offer a fresh alternative for Israel: meaningful Jewish education in an open, pluralistic environment. Today, it forms an umbrella that includes four non-profits: the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, the TALI Education Fund, and Midreshet Schechter.