Israel Railways: Haifa
Because I wanted to be back on the train south in time to get home for dinner at a decent time, I chose to get out at Haifa Bat Galim station. The stop wasn't much of a tourist destination, although the fact that the entire area seems to have been built in the mid 1970s made it a bit of an architectural time trip back to the age of disco.
Walking around the area I stubled across a diversified shopping plaza a few blocks from the station. Joseph Meyerhoff Square was presumably named after Joseph Meyerhoff (1899-1985) a Ukranian-born Jew who immigrated to the U.S. as a child and ended up making a fortune in development and construction. He was one of a group of Jewish-American businessmen who aided Israel during the 1950s and he continued to support Jewish charities as a philanthropist after retirement. He also has a symphony hall in Baltimore named after him.