A place like no other
Located in a spacious and picturesque, mid-19th Century structure that once served as the glittering Baron’s Palace—home to the Grandfather of British actor Peter Ustinov—Beit Immanuel was first occupied by CMJ pioneers dedicated to the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel and the restoration and proclamation of the Messianic Jewish hope in Jesus.
Our Guest House
Beit Immanuel is often referred to as an "oasis" within the liveliness of the city.
Our garden is a quiet place to sit under the shade of our centuries-old banyan tree. In the months from April to October, many guests often choose to sit in the garden to enjoy their breakfast in the freshness of the morning, or on our sun terrace with parasols an coffee tables.
Our Heritage Centre
At Beit Immanuel you can also visit our Heritage Centre known as the Baron’s Palace Heritage Centre, after Baron von Ustinov (grandfather of Peter Ustinov).
The Heritage Centre is located in one of the Palace Rooms of the former Hotel du Parc and is resplendent with chandeliers and other indications of this buildings grandeur. It is dedicated to the history of this most famous building, as well as the former American and German colonies where it is located, and forms part of a bigger story – the gentile Contribution to the development of Jaffa and the area.
Beit Immanuel was one of the first buildings outside the walls of ancient Jaffa, and throughout its colourful history has hosted such people as Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Augusta Victoria and many other notable guests when it was the main hotel in Jaffa.
Baron Ustinov had the first botanical garden and zoo in the land, boasting monkeys and colourful parrots.
In the 20th century it was used by CMJ as a school, commandeered by the British Army, and then the Israeli army, and then in the 1970’s was the focal point of the emerging Israeli Messianic movement.
Included in the presentation at Beit Immanuel is the opportunity, for groups, to view some unique old glass slides with a glass slide projector, and to sit in the Baron’s Garden Coffee Shop.
We provide many other amenities, such as:
- A private car park (securely locked at night)
- A storage room for luggage
- Free wireless internet access
- Conference facilities
- A quiet room for private devotions
The Beit Immanuel congregation is a tightly knit community of believers committed to training up families and children to serve the Lord within our homes and communities.
Guests are also welcome to join with the Messianic Worship Service on Friday evenings - the service is in Hebrew with translations for English and Russian speakers.