On the thoroughfare leading to Jerusalem, in the middle of the Motza Valley and next to the town’s synagogue, stands the historic Yellin House – the first house built in Motza in 1890. The house is a symbol of the beginning of agricultural settlement in the Land of Israel. It was built by Yehoshua Yellin, the son of David Tevye Yellin, who had purchased the land from the Arabs of Qalunya, together with his father-in-law Yehezkel Yehuda in 1860. In 1890 Yehoshua built his private home behind the Khan he had built 20 years earlier and which later became a synagogue. He also planted a vineyard and a garden, attempted to manufacture roofing tiles and purchased more lands to continue the settlement at Motza. It was the beginning of agriculture, industry and private entrepreneurship in the Land of Israel, at the time when the old Yishuv (Jewish population) started to settle beyond the limits of walled Jerusalem.
What’s at the site: Yehoshua Yellin’s private house, a reconstructed and restored stone building, which now serves as a center for visitors of Motza and the area and tells the story of the pioneering Jewish project according to Yehoshua Yellin’s personal vision, as well as an information and guidance center of the history of the settlement at Motza and its surroundings and an educational center in the field of agriculture; a short film on the Yellin family; a 5 dunam (5000 sq. metres) farm plot; an ancient synagogue and a spring.
For the general public: pre-coordinated guided tours by of the Yellin House and the ancient synagogue, combined with tours through the houses of the first families of Motza, including a visit and a tour of Lower Motza, walking tours in the area, the Halilim stream and Einot Telem.
For children: Pre-coordinated tours and unique activations