By the time we moved to Shiloh in 1981, things were changing, and it was pretty clear that the chareidim would be the majority. Many of the dati le'umi, national religious, like ourselves moved to yishuvim in Judea and Samaria and even Gush Katif, like Rachel and Moshe Saperstein.
I hadn't taken a walk around Bayit Vegan for a very long time, decades. I've only been on Rechov Uziel to visit a friend in the Shalom Hotel. Actually, that was my destination last Wednesday. But since there no longer is an easy to take #21 bus from downtown Jerusalem to the hotel, I took the train to Mt. Herzl aka Rechov Hapisga, the main drag of Bayit Vegan. I had time, so I took a leisurely stroll by my old haunts.
I just want to make things clear. I believe in free enterprise and don't consider us as being pushed out of the neighborhood. We wanted to move to a small community in Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War. There are natural dynamics in how populations change. The fact that today's Bayit Vegan is not the Bayit Vegan I enjoyed living in forty years ago doesn't bother me. I find it interesting. One of the reasons we sold our apartment was that there was no market for rentals on the third floor in the early 1980's. If we had been making good money on rent, then we probably would have kept it. We used the money to build a house using a quality contractor.
Here are some pictures:
|The Calder is familiar, overlooking Mt. Herzl, Yad Veshem, but there weren't trains way back when.|
None of this was here. At most there was some felafel, small grocers, a stationery store, butcher shop. There weren't enough customers for the chains to care.
|This sign protests internet. Hmm sure not my neighborhood.|
|Migdal, the old NRP shul looks the same, but I've been told that it's now Chareidi. There isn't much of a dati leumi synagogue left in the neighborhood.|
|Two of my daughters went to a small private gan, nursery school on Rechov Hachida. It was then a very quiet, sleepy street.|
|And here it is, our building. There's now a fourth floor, and the people in our apartment closed off the front merpeset, balcony. My kids and their friends had so much fun playing there. I thought it was the best thing about the apartment.|
|a view from the side|
The building was known for its green and white trissim, shades. Not too many are left.
|This ugly thing is what they built.|
|The playground is being redone. We used to go there every day.|
|I used to be able to see it from my kitchen balcony.|
I'm truly glad that today Bayit Vegan is thriving. And I'm even happier that I live in Shiloh.