Sunday, August 09, 2020

The Old Machon Campus

If you drop by Hezkiyahu Hamelech Street in Katamon, Number 15, you can see the location of the Mayanot educational institution.

But back in 1966-1967, it was the Machon L'Madrichei Chutz La'Aretz center (it moved there probably in 1949 as in 1948, it was held in Petah Tikva) where I lived for 5 months, ate and studied (there was a nearby secondary dorm building which, I understand, was more a lively place than ours). It used to be the Claridge Hotel during Mandate times, built by the Freij Family in the 193os. The Czech consul resided there in 1947-48.

From the Palestine Post October 27, 1947:

It was opposite Villa Regina where J.N. Stubbs, M.C., A/Commissioner for Lands & Surveys in the Mandate Palestine government (1921-1947), originally of the Legal Department, lived. In December 1948, the Palestine Post reported that its courtyards housed chicknes from the Girls' Training Farm formerly of North Talpiot.

Since one of my sons lives nearby with his wife and baby son, I've passed it more than I used to. And it brings back memories.

This was a lecture room, usually for arts & crafts, camping activities and games:

The complex behind that pre-fab lecture room:

The entrance to the inner courtyard, into which we once lifted up four steps a teacher's Volksvagen:

and where we danced

If you are unfamiliar with the area, the map location is #39 in David Kroyanker's book:

and today:

The main building of the administration offices, library, dining hall and some other learning rooms:

The Machon "provides leadership training for graduates of Zionist Youth Movements from around the world".

We were the 39th Session ('Machzor').



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