Pinsteps. Pension London

This house was built by Abraham Zeev Gordon. He came to Rishon LeZion from Vilnius, bought land and became a winemaker. His family lived on the second floor and the ground floor was rented out. There were many interesting people among the many tenants of this house. Remember the revolt of Joseph Feinberg and Israel Belkind? After being allowed to return to the settlement, Lelik Feinberg, Yosef's brother and his wife Fania Belkind, Israel's sister, rented a room here. Holtzman, Gordon's son in law, bred ostriches in the yard of the house, because of a high value of their feathers in Europe. Who knows, if not for World War I, Holtzman's business could succeed. In the 30s Holtzman acquired a lot of land on the south of Jerusalem. Today they are called Gush Etzion. There was a box office in a non-extant Toporovsky's house and now here is a hotel. A couple by the name of London called their boarding house simply "London Pension". Aaron London, a coachman from Jaffa, married Rosa from Rishon LeZion and bought a stagecoach. Board members used it for getting to Beirut and Baghdad and as payment for the service, Aaron London was granted the right to open a hotel. This house was later sold to Zusammer, a watchmaker, whose shop was on the first floor. In the years before the Israeli War of Independence Zusammer secretly repaired guns to members of the Jewish armed resistance.


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Rishon leZion. This is where it all began. This is not just an expression – this is history.

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