Mercaz Shimshon makes list of Israel’s top 10 architectural gems
Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel was recently named one of Israel’s 10 "must see" buildings by "Israel 21c", one of Israel’s leading English language online news magazines.
The list includes architectural icons spanning a period from the British Mandate to the most modern Israeli avant-garde architecture. Other well-known Jerusalem landmarks on the list are the Supreme Court, the YMCA (Beit Shmuel’s neighbor), and Bonem House, one of Israel’s many Bauhaus classics (a style usually associated more with Tel Aviv). Outside of Jerusalem, the list includes Beit Gabriel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where the Israel-Jordan peace treaty was signed in 1994, the Tel Aviv Museum, Holon’s Design Museum and Ashdod’s Performing Arts Center.
Mercaz Shimshon was designed by world renowned Israel-American architect Moshe Safdie.
However, the Beit Shmuel-Mercaz Shimshon complex is not merely an architectural gem, but also a spiritual and cultural one, providing a broad range of cultural and educational services. Every week thousands of people from all over Israel visit the complex to see a play, attend a lecture, enjoy one of its many education walks and tours of Jerusalem, view an art exhibition, attend a creative workshop, or one of its many other activities. Beit Shmuel also provides a budget-friendly hotel, hostel and convention center.
The complex is the global headquarters of our World Union, and is also home to the headquarters of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.