The hut of a visionary socialist is rebuilt in bourgeois Rehavia

09.12.2011                      13.Kislev. 5772

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The hut of a visionary socialist is rebuilt in bourgeois Rehavia

The second president's wife had ecological dreams ahead of her time.

Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi, one of the leaders of the Yishuv, the prestate Jewish community, and the wife of Israel's second president, immigrated to Palestine in 1908 – a devout socialist who spoke "from the moment she arrived" about urban agriculture, say Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, who initiated the rebuilding of the pioneer's "flower hut."
"As far as she was concerned, the city should be productive and creative," says Shalev-Khalifa. The hut functioned as the country's first municipal plant nursery built and was run by women. The nonprofit Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi is having the wood and tin structure rebuilt to go on its original plot in Jerusalem's Rehavia neighborhood, as part of a new campus….