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ESRA Ramat Aviv Visits the Weizmann Institute of Science and Technology

News Date: 
16. July 2017 - 8:00
On a very beautiful, but very warm July morning, ESRA travelers boarded a refreshingly cool and comfortable bus for a relaxing ride to our day trip destination - The Weizmann Institute of Science and Technology in Rehovot.

The state-of-the-art Levinson Visitors Center is the gateway to the Institute, giving visitors a window into the unique nature of scientific investigation and discovery taking place at the Institute. Here, we learned of the Weizmann Institute’s central role in Israeli science and technology, as well as the role it plays as a highly regarded institute of learning worldwide. The Center contains technologically advanced exhibits and a multi-media presentation that takes the visitor on a journey of knowledge and discovery. Here we learnt all about the fascinating world of several scientists who uncover the secrets of nature and decipher the codes of the universe.
Our next stop was the home of Dr. Chaim Weizmann and his wife, Dr. Vera. Built in 1936, their modern private house was built next to the Sieff Institute, founded by Dr. Weizmann in 1934, which later became the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The house was designed by a well-known Jewish architect, Erich Mendelsohn, who left Germany when the Nazis rose to power.  Weizmann House was Mendelsohn's first work in the Land of Israel. Mendelsohn wrote:  "This is a completely contemporary home… However, it has features of a residence in a sub-tropical climate.  In my opinion, this style of house will become popular in the East after two thousand years." Mendelsohn was considered a giant of modern architecture. 
The Weizmann House is an architectural gem within the Israeli landscape, and stands out as an attraction for architects and the public alike. The house was designed as the private home of the Weizmanns, but as the architect said, it was also a "presentation house" since it was built for "someone who stood on the stage of history". 

On Dr. Weizmann's election as President of the State of Israel, the house became the official residence of the President.
Dr. Chaim Weizmann died on November 9, 1952 at his home in Rehovot, at the age of 78. As per his request, he was buried on his own estate. Weizmann was one of the Zionist founders and leaders who merited to see the fulfillment of his vision in his lifetime. Vera Weizmann died on September 24, 1966 and was buried next to her husband. After her death, the Weizmann home became a national preservation site, open to visitors from all over the world.

Our visit to the Weizmann Institute was beautiful and informative.  If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the Weizmann Campus, treat yourself, your friends and family, to an exceptional experience.

With thanks to the Weizmann Institute website and our exceptional guides, who treated us to a wonderful day.

Bunny Porath
Photos by Dennis Kaliser