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Inspiration in a Garage

On Tu B’Av – the holiday of love –  I was in a small Talpiot, Jerusalem alley lined with automobile repair shops, when I was invited to join a Mincha (afternoon prayer) service. The prayers took place in a tiny office behind one of the garages, filled with a quorum of mechanics, replete with oil-stained hands and grime under their fingernails. 

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2017-09-01 00:16:59
Park Hamesila: An Urban Oasis

 Park Hamesila (Photo: Annette Gendler - www.annettegendler.com)

In 2008, residents of the neighborhoods that bordered the abandoned tracks, together with newly-elected mayor Nir Barkat, presented a vision to create an easily accessible green oasis within the capital’s urban fabric. The residents’ resolve and solidarity helped them emerge victorious, and Park Hamesila – or Train Track Park – was completed in 2013.

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2017-08-06 11:06:06
Investing in Israel Real Estate

 Jerusalem project under construction (Photo: Gedaliah Borvick)

Two clients recently asked us to help them purchase investment properties in Israel. Liat lives in Israel and wanted to buy a small Jerusalem apartment for her children, which they could flip in a few years to acquire a larger home in a less expensive community. Jonathan wanted to get a “piece of the rock” which he could sell in a decade and use the profits to purchase a larger apartment for his family’s use. 

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2017-07-03 20:08:50
Meet You at the Garden!

 Celebrating in the streets of Tel Aviv on November 29, 1947 (Credit: AP)

A few months ago, my friend and I agreed to meet at the garden where 29th meets 35th. Sounds like we were meeting in Manhattan to catch a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. Better than that, we were getting together in the center of Jerusalem.

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2017-04-26 13:15:04
All Roads Lead To . . .

 Jaffa Road, circa 1950 (Photo: Fritz Cohen, public domain)

One of the most famous – and longest – streets of Jerusalem is Rechov Yaffo, or Jaffa Street. It runs from the entrance of the city all the way to the Old City walls. Why is this main thoroughfare in Jerusalem named after a city located adjacent to Tel Aviv?

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2017-03-24 01:28:27
With All Due Diligence Respect

We recently were involved in a very small deal in Jerusalem, and I mean tiny. We sold a 15 square meter (sqm), or approximately 160 square foot, studio in Rechavia for 500,000 NIS, or $130,000.

Everything about the unit appeared to be kosher, despite its diminutive size: the building drawings were recorded in the municipality and the unit was registered in TABU (land registry). Accordingly, and against our advice, the purchaser did not apply for a mortgage prior to signing the contract, as he had good credit and was only planning to borrow a relatively small portion of the purchase price.

That was a mistake.

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2017-02-26 18:02:41
Jerusalem Real Estate: Intrigue and Irony

 7 Chovevei Tzion in Talbieh (7chovevei.com). Photo: Josh Gold of Serio Films

After the establishment of the State of Israel, many architecturally distinctive homes got chopped up into small apartments and were populated by displaced families and immigrant families. By the 1960s, these formerly majestic buildings became rundown, due to the heavy wear and tear that they endured, and many of these structures were abandoned.

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2017-02-09 22:40:49
Jerusalem’s Streets: Neighborhood Themes

Throughout the world, many neighborhoods have groups of streets with names related to a specific theme. For example, growing up in Long Beach, New York, I lived on Walnut Street and my friends lived on Olive, Pine, Maple and Beech. Similarly, most of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods have street name themes. 

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2017-01-17 16:13:07

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