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Sign: Holon - Heritage Sites in Israel - Be’eri Square

Ha-Histadrut St 36, Holon, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל עיריית חולון - חולון עיר הילדים

כיכר בארי
במרכז התוכנית ההיסטורית של קריית עבודה מ-1936 נקבע המרכז האזרחי -"כיכר המוסדות". ב-1948 הוכנה תוכנית מעודכנת, ע"י האדריכל רוברט בנט, בה שולבה הכיכר עם בית העירייה, והיא כללה מרכז מסחרי, בנייני מוסדות ממשלתיים, סניפי בנקים, אולמות תרבות ובידור.
התוכנית לא יושמה, אך מוסדות הציבור, קולנוע מגדל, בית הדואר המרכזי, לשכת המס, בית הפועלים ומבנה העירייה הוקמו סביב הכיכר.
רוברט בנט ליווה את תכנון הכיכר והמבנים שסביבה במשך שנים רבות. במהלך השנים הוא הכין תוכניות נוספות, אבל גם הן לא יושמו.
הכיכר נקראה ע"ש ברל (בארי) כצנלסון (1944-1887), שהיה ממנהיגיה הבולטים של תנועת העבודה בארץ ישראל, עורך העיתון ’דבר’ וממקימי הסתדרות העובדים הכללית, שהקימה את קריית עבודה.

[תמונה: תכנון קריית עבודה]
מקור: "שכון", חברה לשכונות עובדים בע"מ, עמ’ 1
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The sign shape is rectangular 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 square was photographed on the same day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

The "Kriyat Avoda" planning diagram appears here at magnification Click for a larger image

In the square there is also a monument commemorating the citizens of the city of Holon who fell in the Israeli wars Click for sign's details

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
The symbol of Holon Municipality - Holon the Children’s City

Be’eri Square
At the center of the historical plan of Kiryat Avoda from 1936 was the civic center - "The Institutions Square". In 1948, an updated plan was prepared, by the architect Robert Bennett, in which the square was combined with the town hall, and it included a commercial center, government institution buildings, bank branches, culture and entertainment halls.
The plan was not implemented, but the public institutions, the Migdal cinema, the central post office, the tax office, the workers’ house and the city hall building were built around the square.
Robert Bennett accompanied the planning of the square and the surrounding buildings for many years. Over the years he prepared other plans, but they were also not implemented.
The square was named after Berl (Be’eri) Katznelson (1887-1944), who was one of the prominent leaders of the labor movement in the Land of Israel, the editor of the newspaper ’Davar’ and the founder of the General Labor Union, which established Kiryat Avoda.

[Image: Kiryat Avoda Planning]
Source: "Shikoon", Company for Workers’ Neighborhoods Ltd., p. 1

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