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DAY 6 – Tel Aviv University and Diaspora Museum

Time for some culture

Tel Aviv University gives free tours every day. On Monday at 11:00 they were giving an archaeological tour. I wanted to learn a little more about the topic, so I decided to go. They also just renovated their Diaspora Museum, which could be good too.

The university is a good ride away from where I was staying and Steve had his last day of Hebrew class. Looks like I’m taking the bus. After reading an unnecessarily complicated bus map, I figured out which bus to take and started walking. On the way there I decided to stop at one of Tel Aviv’s famous cafes for some breakfast and get…what else…shakshuka.

So after a long “I-hope-I’m-going-the-right-way” bus ride, I finally get to Tel Aviv University. The website said to meet at the museum. I ask the guard at the gate and he has no idea. So I enter the University after getting pat down and having my bag searched (a very common occurrence.)

I found a student walking by who pointed me in the direction of the museum. As I approached, I saw a sukkah display, which I can only assume had something to do with the Art department.
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You can see the museum behind this picture.
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Sukkot was starting soon and you don’t want to be sukkahless for the holiday. Most were complete.
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Some not so much
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Some designs were a little out-of-the-box.
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The architectural tour was good. I learned that Tel Aviv was build up in bursts over time and you can see the different styles of buildings during each boom period. Most of the early buildings are 99.5 percent functional and 0.5 percent aesthetic.

Construction began in the 1930’s when there was no air conditioning. In this period, buildings usually had windows only on the Northern and Southern exposures because of the intense sun in the East and West. Some later construction use sun baffles one East/West walls to block direct sun but still allow a view. If a building has windows on all four walls, it was probably built after 1960 when good windows and air conditioning were available.

On the tour we saw the campus synagogue that was designed by some famous architect I can’t remember the name of.
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It was designed with light as a theme. Light is coming in from designs in the roof and light comes from behind the ark.
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After the tour, I headed over to the Diaspora Museum. This museum tracked the geography of the Jewish people for thousands of years.
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It was interesting to see how different empires affected the Jewish people. Everyone from the Egyptians to the Romans to WWII Germans were accounted for. Most recently there was a mass migration to Miami and New York. :o)

Posted by thetodd 12:32 Archived in Israel

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