Beit Hadfus Street
Beit Hadfus Street (Hebrew: רחוב בית הדפוס, Rehov Beit Hadfus, lit. "Street of the Printing Press"), also spelled Beit Hadefus, is an east-west street in the Givat Shaul industrial zone in western Jerusalem.
Two of Israel's largest book publishing houses which still maintain their headquarters on the street are Keter Publishing House, established in 1958, and Feldheim Publishers, which established its Israel branch in the 1960s. Laser Pages Publishing Ltd., located in the Mercaz Sapir complex, publishes scientific journals. Printing establishments include Old City Press, founded in 1969, and Yaakov Feldheim Ltd. A string of printing shops is located at the western end of the street.
In contrast to Kanfei Nesharim Street, the other main commercial artery in Givat Shaul, which developed into a modern shopping area with many chain stores, restaurants, and stylish office buildings, Beit Hadfus Street has remained largely industrial with discount and outlet stores that attract bargain shoppers. The street has also witnessed a spate of pricing wars among supermarkets geared to Haredi shoppers, notably Rami Levy and Osher Ad discount supermarkets.
Low-cost wedding hallsEdit
Low-cost wedding halls servicing the religious population of Jerusalem have also opened in office and industrial buildings on the street. Some of these are subsidized by major charity organizations to keep expenses down for low-income families. The Armonot Wolf (Wolf Palaces) wedding halls are affiliated with the Yad Eliezer charity organization, which subsidizes weddings for needy couples through its Adopt-a-Wedding campaign. The Gutnick halls, funded by Australian philanthropist Joseph Gutnick and managed by Chabad, provide subsidized weddings for 440 needy couples annually through the Colel Chabad charity fund. The Lechaim halls, located in the same industrial complex as Armonot Wolf (Wolf Palaces), are also cheaper than wedding halls in other parts of the city.
Israel's two largest commercial bakeries are located on Beit Hadfus Street: Angel Bakeries, founded in 1958 opposite a flour mill, and Berman's Bakery, established in 1965 further east. In 1965, Angel Bakeries commissioned a Texas company to construct a 750-foot (230 m) pipeline to convey flour directly from the flour mill to the silo to the bakery across the street. Today this pipeline brings 120 tons of flour to the bakery daily. The invention, initially opposed by the Jerusalem municipality for being above-ground, won the Kaplan Prize for distinction in productivity and efficiency.
Government and educationEdit
Beit Hadfus Street is also home to:
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