The following photo taken that day shows the restored bell with the caption: "Bell Hill / 1891" Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
Rehovot. City of Science and Culture Bell Hill
On the top of the hill on Ya’akov Street, near the Dondikov House close to guard’s booth, the colony bell was installed (probably around 1891).
There were two iron pillars built on the ground and a small roof above them hung the bell.
As they pulled the rope attached to the clapper, the bell rang.
Six times a day the ringing would be heard from Bell Hill
7am to go to work
Lunch at 11:30
At 12:30 to end the lunch break, back to work - the people
Back at work at 3pm - for horses (maybe after being fed)
At 4pm to finish the job
At 8:00 pm ringing for guards - the time of the watch came, from which time strangers were forbidden to move into the colony.
During this period, the bell was a clock for most of the residents of the colony.
Over the years, the number of daily rings has changed according to the needs of the colony.
Besides the regular ringing, the bell would ring every good or bad event in the colony - for the annual meeting of the people, for the election of a new committee or for other meetings on various important matters.