Eden Inn is situated in the Neveh Remez neighborhood. Like many hotels in Israel, it was originally built in the 1950s by a health maintenance organization as a convalescent home. It was built for the construction union workers and run by the Beit Remez, the construction workers’ pension fund.
Currently an extremely desirable area, Neveh Remez was in those days a modest neighborhood populated by blue-collar workers (Shikun Neveh Oved Alef). The community was founded in 1947, but only upon the construction of Beit Remez was the neighborhood hooked up to the country’s electrical grid. Beit Remez functioned as one of the most important institutions in the community at the time.
The Beit Remez convalescent home contributed tremendously to the neighborhood in terms of infrastructure; providing many jobs for local residents. But more than anything, Beit Remez was responsible for creating a feeling of community among the residents, serving as their cultural center. The neighborhood was home to immigrants from Romania, Poland, Morocco, Turkey, Iraq, and Libya, along with old-timers who’d already been living in the moshava (farming community) for years. It was a true melting pot, and as a result, the children in the neighborhood were exposed to a broad range of languages and cultures; benefitting greatly from the open, pluralistic atmosphere.
The children in the neighborhood would climb up the water tower and enjoy the swimming pool. They would go exploring in the surrounding nature, play in the open areas, attend performances staged at the center, and at times even enjoy meals in the Beit Remez dining hall. The neighborhood’s unique character was formed in large part thanks to the convalescent home.
Beit Remez was named for David Remez (1886-1951, born David Drabkin) who was involved with trade unions for about 30 years, beginning in the 1920s. Remez was a signatory of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, Minister of Transportation in the first government, and Minister of Education and Culture in the second government. He was the founder of “Solel Boneh”, and in the period between the two world wars was one of the supporting pillars of the Histadrut (trade unions national organization).
During the First World War, Remez moved with his wife to Zichron Yaakov. He was a laborer and worked, among other things, treating exiles from Tel Aviv-Jaffa. It was at this point that Remez met Dr. Hillel Yaffe, and became his right-hand man in managing public affairs. When the moshava was conquered by the Turks, the Remez family moved to Tel Aviv. When Remez died in 1951, he was buried in Zichron Yaakov as per his last will and testament.