Station # 6 on the Ness Ziona Flag trail, a route that describes historical points in the history of Ness Ziona.
Raising the Israeli flag for the first time after which the route is named, plays an important role in Ness Ziona’s legacy, the flag appears in the city’s emblem, and even the city’s house numbers contain this motif Click for sign's details
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The following photo taken that day shows the remains of the workers’ colony Click for a larger image
Halperin Square, taken that day, also appears on the site Click for sign's details Click for a larger image Click for a larger image
The place is also defined as a heritage site Click for sign's details Translation of the text on the sign
The Flag trail
Workers’ Colony and Halperin Square
In 1890, Michael Halperin, who came in the first immigration, purchased 170 acres of Reuben Lehrer lands, with the goal of establishing a "workers’ colony" where workers who left the labor market could set up a home for themselves and cultivate plots and a vineyard to support them in old age. Adjacent to the workers’ colony, Halperin built his house and in the areas adjacent to the agricultural land, the Eucalyptus grove planted for the welfare of the residents.
A building was established in the heart of the workers’ colony, known as the "Invalid House," and intended to serve as a hostel for disabled soldiers who served in various armies and subsequently remained destitute. The liberated soldiers served as a company of riders known as "Mahane Yehuda," and the horses for them were purchased by Halperin in Jordan as part of his plan to establish a Jewish defensive force in Israel.
The land of the workers’ colony stretched on both sides of Rothschild Street and reached a hill that now bears Michael’s name on the border of the Ramat Ben Zvi neighborhood.
The idea of establishing a socialist spirit center and training camp for the riders’ company lasted only two and a half years. Halperin lost his fortune and fell into heavy debt, and, failing to raise additional money, the land passed to his creditors and was purchased by the ICA, which planted an orchard instead.
The orchard extended to the area where Neve Nir currently stands and has provided work for the youth of Ness Ziona for several years.
In the square opposite the workers’ colony, in 2007, a statue of Michael Halperin riding his horse and waving the Israeli flag was erected.