The first Jewish
1890Sha’arei Torah, a public synagogue serving the Neve Shalom community, is founded.
1895A seven-room building is established, comprising a study hall, kitchen, and classrooms.
1904Rav Kook arrives in the Land of Israel and serves as the Rabbi of Jaffa and the surrounding areas. This is a watershed moment in the development of the local community.
1906Rav Kook initiates the establishment of The Craft School within the Talmud Torah institution. The aim of the school is to provide students with artisanal skills and knowledge (mainly metalwork and carpentry) so that they can earn a living.
1908The Otzer Chaim yeshiva, led by Rav Kook, is launched with a very innovative curriculum and the goal of becoming the central yeshiva for new immigrants.
of Rav Kook
The Craft School (Beit Melacha)
Rav Kook set up the trailblazing Craft School within the Talmud Torah institution — the first institution to include both Torah learning and vocational studies, inspired by his vision of combining spiritual life with physical labor.
Sha’arei Torah Synagogue
As Rabbi of Jaffa and the surrounding areas, Rav Kook adopted the synagogue as his personal place of worship and prayed there every day.
Talmud Torah Institution
A school for boys that was established in the compound in 1896. As patron of the institution, Rav Kook helped shape its curricula and would periodically test the students’ knowledge.
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