The neighborhood’s name was based on the verse in Nehemiah 3:14 ”the Dung Gate was repaired by Malkijah son of Rekab, ruler of the district of Beth Hakkerem. He rebuilt it and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place.”

Beit Hakerem was the first Jewish neighbourhood to be built in south-west Jerusalem and was at the time separated from the rest of the city by large swaths of undeveloped land. Today the neighbourhood has changed significantly and is now a central location between Mount Herzl to the west and Kiryat Moshe to the north.

The neighborhood is close to the Hebrew university campus at Givat ram, the Knesset and the Supreme Court. Its population is about 15,000.

This project started after my family and I moved to live in the neighborhood, in order to know the new environment. I fell in love with the neighborhood and its unique atmosphere. I wanted to preserve the magic of Beit Hakerem.

Words and images by Yaniv Waissa.
See more of his work at www.waissa.com