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Branding symbol of the city of Rehovot - the city of science and culture
The symbol of the archive for the history of Rehovot The first kindergarten in Rehovot
Kindergarten No. 1 by Hasida Givati
In 1902 a dedicated building was built for the kindergarten in the Rehovot settlement (today’s 44 Ya’akov St.). The kindergarten was built with funds from the "Carmel" company, which also built the school.
Judith Eisenberg (later Harari), daughter of Aharon Eisenberg, was the first kindergarten teacher.
The kindergarten broke new ground in the field of education, when it prepared for school children who speak Hebrew as their mother tongue. "Kindergarten ceased to be an amusement park and it became an important part of education" (parents in her address to the settlement committee, Rehovot Archive).
Starting in 1932, the kindergarten transferred a new batch of students to the school every year. Ester Dondikov, who was a kindergarten teacher in the 20s of the last century, introduced a new custom - the kindergarten teacher would simply transfer her students and "hand" them to the teacher.
The Bluwstein sisters, the poet Rachel and Shona, who came to Rehovot during the Second Aliyah, studied Hebrew in kindergarten, and in this way they thought she would acquire the language very quickly.
Today it operates in the Rehovot city archive building.
Hasida Givati (née Sofer) was the kindergarten teacher at this kindergarten between 1929-1967, when she retired.
Hasida was born in Jerusalem in 1907 to Beit Sofer, a descendant of Hatham Sofer, and studied at the Levinsky Seminary in Neve Tzedek.
In the years 1925-1927 she was a kindergarten teacher in Kfar Tavor and Tiberias, and in 1927 she was sent to the Jewish community in Thessaloniki, and worked there until 1929.
From 1929 she was the kindergarten teacher in Kindergarten No. 1, and educated generations of students, among them the mayors of their generations.
In 1993, she was awarded the title of darling of the city.