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 Sir 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.
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 love to sit in the garden to enjoy their breakfast in the freshness of the morning, or on our sun terrace with parasols and coffee tables.
At Beit Immanuel you can also visit our Heritage Centre, known as the Baron’s Hall 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. It also forms part of a bigger story – the Gentile contribution to the development of Jaffa and the State of Israel.
Beit Immanuel was one of the first buildings outside the walls of ancient Jaffa. Throughout its colourful history, it hosted such people as Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Augusta Victoria as well as 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, the building had many different uses. It was used by CMJ as a school for girls, commandeered by the British Army and later the Israeli army, and in the 1970’s, it was the focal point of the emerging Israeli Messianic movement.
The Heritage Centre presentation at Beit Immanuel includes the opportunity for groups to view antique glass slides through a 100 year old projector known as a "Magic Lantern". After the presentation, visitors are welcome to sit in the historic garden with a cup of coffee from Baron's Coffee Shop.
We provide many other amenities, such as:
- A private car park (securely closed at night)
- A storage room for luggage
- Free wireless internet access
- Conference facilities
- A quiet room for private devotions
Beit Immanuel Congregation
David Lazarus leads the Messianic fellowship of believers committed to training up families and children to serve the Lord within our homes and communities.
Guests are always welcome to join the Messianic Worship Service on Friday evenings. Our services are in Hebrew with translations for English and Russian speakers.