The Elma when it was a retreat for workers in the 1960s. Rechter Architects

How Israel's Socialist Retreats for Workers Turned Into Luxury Hotels

There was a time when most Israelis were entitled to an annual R&R break.

“How was the sanatorium,” my Romanian-born grandmother would ask every time we returned from a family vacation in Eilat or Tiberias. It was the early 1990s, at least a decade after there were no more of those...

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