While passing in Sheinkin Street in Tel-Aviv yesterday, I could not resist to glimpse at the remain of what once was ”Cafe TAMAR”, the mystic cafe where so many writers, artists and journalists sat down and wrote their articles, books and even songs related to the place.
The cafe was closed at the end of June after having being managed by Sarah Stern for 74 years, the Lady with the blue hair, who celebrated her 90th birthday this year.
The café opened in 1941, and in 1956 was taken over by Abraham and Sarah, after they had met in the British army in the Egyptian sands. After the death of Abraham in 1966 Sarah took over and managed the café in a mastering manner. The toasted bagels were unique and it became the favorite place for the Sheinkin-south Tel-Aviv’s boheme, which spent many hours sitting and discussing about politics, religions and last trend of the day.
Sheinkin Street, called the ”Boheme street” became this mystical, amazing and interesting street thanks to the combination of reporters from the nearby daily newspaper Davar and the many politicians who would conduct their business there together with the people from the world of culture and art who had made the café their ”Home”.
I felt very sad to see the door closed. Gazing through the window I could see all the furniture remaining inert, motionless like in a picture.
Trumpeldor street in Tel-aviv, situated south of the White City and close to its beautiful beach is where one can find the most famous cemetery of Israel. One could call it the Israeli ”Père Lachaise’.
The cemetery was named after
Yosef Trumpeldor – a Hero of the Modern History of Zionism.
At the end of the nineteenth century it was located outside the City of Jaffa, when Tel- Aviv did not yet exist..
The cemetery was situated far away to the Northern part of the Ottoman urban City of Jaffa. During late afternoons, when darkness fell over the country, the ‘undertakers” had sometimes difficulties to find their way to the cemetery, and many stories were spread about this awkward transportation. One of the reasons was that the Plague invaded the city and in order to avoid an epidemic the bodies had to be hastily buried as far away as possible.
The dilapidated state of the cemetery has been a deep concern for the Israeli patrimony lovers. Some of the graves are even nameless.
But what a wonder to discover the names of some notabilities that are buried here :
Moshe Sharett – second Prime Minister of Israel ,Meir Dizengoff – the First mayor of Tel Aviv,Chaim Arlosoroff, Menahem Sheinkin, Max Nordauand other founding characters ofZionism,Hayim Nahman Bialik,the National Poet and other writers like Shaul Tchernichovsky,Menahem Sheinkin, and the great painters Nahum Gutman and Reuven Rubin,who rest alongside well-known singers buried more recently ; Shoshana Damari and Arik Einstein.
As children say, in the Trumpeldor Cemetery one can find