The American Colony



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The American Colony The American Colony is a striking neighborhood in Tel Aviv, with a definite New-England feel to it. rating : 2.5 2.5 0 out of 5 / 13 votes

The American Colony is a neighborhood in Southern Tel aviv that was founded in the nineteenth century by American Evangelical Christians who sailed from Jonesport, Maine to Jaffa. It is sometimes referred to as the German Colony due to the fact that the original founders later sold the neighborhood to German Templars.
The neighborhood is strikingly different from any other area in Tel Aviv due to the wooden homes with gabled roofs. The houses were built by the group that arrived from Maine with wood they had bought with them and this explains the positively New England feel of the houses.
The Maine Friendship House sits in the heart of the American Colony, next to the 100-year-old Immanuel Church, at 10 Auerbach Street. The House was built in 1866 by the same group of American Christians who had immigrated to Israel out of the belief that it is their role to prepare the land for the Jews to return and therefore hastening the coming of the Christian Messiah. The house was restored in 2002 by Jean and Reed Holmes.


phone: (03) 681-9225

Open Hours: The Maine Friendship House is open to visitors on Friday between 12:00 and 15:00 and Saturday between 14:00 and 16:00. If you wish to visit the Museum at a different time, they are happy to open it, providing you phone in advance on

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