Café Ta´amon - Jerusalem
Established by German immigrants in 1938, the Café Ta´amon is ten years older than the State of Israel. The Knesset, the Israeli Parliament established itself in 1950 in King-George-Street, right across the street, and so the Ta´amon became the meeting point for eager, young and ambitious politicians, journalists, and leftwing action groups like „Mazpen“(Compass) and Black Panthers of Israel,that used the little Café as a gathering point for their party meetings in the seventies and eighties of last Century. Menachem Begin und Itzhak Rabin drank their coffee here, at the time when they were still fighting the English. And people from the neighborhood were regular customers.
44 years ago the Knesset moved, governments rose and disappeared. But this little café in the divided city survived four wars and seems invulnerable to the competition of the modern coffee shops around.
The Life and the fate of the guests of the Café Ta´amon of today and of the past, tells at the same time the history of Israel, of its culture and his religions.
Ta´amon is the synonym for lived and practised tolerance among people of different religions, of opposing political opinions, and different ethnical origin.
The protagonists reflect their adventures and how this microcosmic gave and gives them protection, cosiness, solidarity among human beings.