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Sign: Petah Tikva - Heritage Sites in Israel - Michael Shapiro’s Yard

Baron Hirsch St 32, Petah Tikva, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל העיר פתח תקווה

חצר מיכאל שפירא
בחצר זו התגוררה משפחת מיכאל שפירא, אחיו הבכור של השומר האגדי, אברהם שפירא.
משפחת שפירא עלתה בסוף המאה ה-19 לירושלים ונמנתה על מייסדי פתח תקוה.
בית המשפחה היה בנוי אבני כורכר עם מילוי טיט וקש. בקומה הראשונה שוכנו בעלי חיים ועליית הגג שימשה מחסן לתבואות. בחלק מן הבית הזה התגוררה המשפחה. בקצה החצר ניתן לראות שריד של אחד מקירות הבית. בחצר עומד מבנה שנבנה בראשית המאה העשרים ובו היו, בנוסף לחדרי המשפחה, גם חנויות שונות. בשנות העשרים נוספה למבנה קומה שנייה. בקומה זו פעל "ראינוע סהר" ובו הוקרנו בעיקר סרטי פעולה: מלחמה, פשע, אינדיאנים ובוקרים, לשמחת ליבם של תושבי המושבה.
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The sign shape is rectangle but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

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Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
The emblem of the city of Petah Tikva

Michael Shapiro’s Yard
In this yard lived the Michael Shapiro family, the elder brother of the legendary guard, Abraham Shapiro.
The Shapira family immigrated to Jerusalem in the late 19th century and were among the founders of Petah Tikva.
The family home was built of kurkar stones with clay and straw filling. Animals were housed on the first floor and the attic served as a storage room. In part of this house the family lived. At the end of the yard you can see a remnant of one of the walls of the house. In the courtyard stands a building that was built in the early 20th century, in which there were, in addition to the family rooms, various shops. In the 1920s, a second floor building was added. On this floor was a "Saar Cinema", in which mainly action films were screened: war, crime, Native Americans and cowboys, to the delight of the residents of the colony.
At the beginning of the rise of the Yemenite Jews, many of them lived in the great courtyard. Later, new immigrants lived in the building. For a while there was the municipal library here.

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