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Sign: Be’er Ya’akov - Heritage Sites in Israel - Beit Ha’am

Ayala St 36, Be’er Ya’akov, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל המועצה המקומית באר יעקב
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט

בית העם
בשנת תרצ"ו (1936) החליטה האסיפה הכללית של באר יעקב על הקמת "בית עם". לשם כך נקנה צריף ישן ששופץ על ידי בני הנוער והוסב למטרה זו. בית העם שימש משכן לפעילויות תרבות שונות, כמו: הרצאות, הצגות תיאטרון, וחוגים לתנ"ך ולהיסטוריה. במשך השנים עברו הפעילויות למבנה בית הספר ובשלב מאוחר יותר נבנה מבנה אבן בסגנון קזרמה רוסית (קסרקטין) בעל קומה אחת, שתי כניסות ובמת אבן מוגבהת להצגות ומופעים.
בהמשך, שימש המבנה כבית הנוטרים, בו הכשירו תושבים להגנת היישוב ובחצרו הוטמנו אמצעי הגנה ונשק. לאחר מכן תיפקד המבנה כבית קולנוע והיום הוא משמש כספרייה ציבורית.
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The sign shape is square 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

The building was photographed that day Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
The emblem of Be’er Ya’akov Local Council
The emblem of the Ministry of Culture and Sport

Beit Ha’am
In 1936, the general assembly of Be’er Ya’akov decided to build a "Beit Am". To this end, we bought an old hut that had been renovated by the youth and converted for this purpose.
The People’s House served as a residence for various cultural activities, such as: lectures, theater performances, Bible and history classes. Over the years the activities moved to the school building and at a later stage a stone structure was built in the style of a Russian Kazarma (barracks) with one floor, two entrances and a raised stone platform for plays and performances.
Later, the building served as the house of the guards, where residents trained for the defense of the settlement and in its yard, weapons were hidden. The building then functioned as a cinema and today it serves as a public library.

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