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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amidar Convenience Store

Between 1950 and 1953, the Israeli government, via the Amidar corporation, built a number of small "public" buildings in Rosh Haayin, including a synagogue, a nursery, and day care center. As we previously posted, these buildings were listed in David Zuslavski's Shikun Olim B'Israel. These buildings, along with the first-generation houses built in Rosh Haayin, represent another stage of Rosh Haayin's development, and their ruins are another layer in the history of Rosh Haayin. It is relatively easy to locate the many houses built during this period, and to note their often-decaying appearance. However, for the most part we do not yet know where the public buildings were located, or of their statuses.

The one exception is the local Convenience Store, or Tzarchania. It is located at John Kennedy 43, and is in a fantastically ruinous state. The skeletal roof is particularly intriguing, as well as crumbling stares and cracked concrete walls. The time schedule on the door, however, is still clear and legible. We do not know how long the building has been abandoned. The buiding is #97 in the Avi Sasson list of

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