Celebrating Purim in a Former Lepper Colony

I LOVE Purim.

Freddy Mercury at Beit Hansen, Purim 2019

Freddy Mercury at Beit Hansen, Purim 2019

This year, we went to a party at Beit Hansen, an incredible and beautiful historic structure in the heart of Jerusalem’s German Colony. Designed by German architect, Conrad Schick in 1887 as a leper colony, the building and its sprawling gardens now serve as an arts centre with contemporary galleries and exhibits, a design school, and cultural events. Advanced academic programs are offered by the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and Residency programs are offered by Mamuta Art & Media Center. Related design and technology research groups and art groups also operate at the Hansen House, including the Film & Television Fund of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Erev Rav culture and society journal and more.

One of our favourite vendors, Ofaimme, also has a farm shop and cafe there, as well as a newly opened bar, which is gorgeous.

The party was great, with amazing local DJs and art installations. The bar served Israeli craft beer, massive chocolate chip cookies, hot soup and crispy smashed potatoes with creme fresh … We partied all night in the open courtyard, under a full moon, celebrating Shushan Purim in the ancient walled city of Jerusalem.

Snow White in the Courtyard

Snow White in the Courtyard

Emily Berg