Beit Hakerem Neighborhood Guide

Beit Hakerem

Beit Hakerem is a lovely neighbourhood, close to Hebrew University's Givat Ram campus, the Shaarei Tzedek hospital and Har Hertzl.

The name itself means "House of the Vineyard" and is an old town, having been established in 1922 as a separate "Garden City".

It was mainly built in the Second Aliyah, by immigrants from Eastern and Central Europe.

When it was first built, Beit Hakerem was originally surrounded by trees and gardens, whilst there are remnants of this, it is no longer quite the case.

Beit HaKerem: Grown & Expanded as Part of Jerusalem

Nevertheless, in the north-west, Beit Hakerem does border the Jerusalem Forest. 

Isolated from Jerusalem by surrounding open land, though these days, the city of Jerusalem has grown and expanded to encompass Beit HaKerem.

(Not being part of Jerusalem is the reason that several of the older buildings in the area aren't built from Jerusalem stone.)

A Neighbourhood that Dates Back to the First Temple

Israel's Antiquities Authority has also undertaken excavations in Beit Hakerem with finds dating the neighbourhood back to the First and Second Temple periods.

Beit HaKerem has fantastic transport links, being located on the current (and only) line of the light rail and close to the Begin Highway (one of the best ways to move north-south within the city and that connects to the "1", the main highway out of Jerusalem).

In the 2000s, Beit Hakerem has established itself as one of the most sought-after and prestigious neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Despite all the urban development that has taken place in Jerusalem in recent years, Beit Hakerem remains a quiet neighborhood with low-rise buildings.

High Socio-Economic Level & Quality Education

The Beit Hakerem neighborhood has a high socio-economic level. Former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is a resident of the area.

Education in Beit Hakerem is considered high-quality and amongst the best in Jerusalem. Despite the secular nature of Beit Hakerem, there are also plenty of synagogues.

Contained within Beit Hakerem is the David Yellin College of Education. Neighbouring the area is the Hebrew University Campus in Givat Ram.

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