University of Haifa International School Student Blog
This weekend we went on a day trip to Zikhron Ya’akov and Ramat HaNadiv which are one of the first Jewish settlements here in Israel. Our first stop was Ramat HaNadiv which was founded by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in the late 19th century. He originally acquired the land there and with the help of agronomist from Europe he was able to create the gardens that are seen today. It was a very big park and I really enjoyed walking through the beautiful landscapes. After visiting the gardens, we went on our way to Zikhron Ya’akov and here we learned about the history of the establishment of this town. It was one of the settlement that the Baron helped establish too. Zikhron Ya’akov was named after the Baron’s father Jakob Mayer Rothschild. So the translation of the towns name is Remember Jakob or Jacob’s Memorial. Here, we also toured the Aransohn House, which was constructed by one of the first families making Aliyah from Romania. The house is also known for the Aransohn siblings who began the Nili spy ring with the British during WWI to help the British fight against the Ottoman Rule at the time. The museum displays a chronological process of the events during this period. After our tour, we had time to get something to eat and walk around the shops on HaMeyasdmim street and then we returned to Haifa.