Tel Aviv & Old Jaffa, often called “the city that never stops,” was the first modern Jewish city built in Israel, and is the country’s economic and cultural center. Tel Aviv began its history in Jaffa (Yafo) - the ancient 3,000-year-old adjoining city that lies to its southwest. The current Old City of Jaffa was built during the Ottoman Empire and its stone houses. In 1909 sixty-six Jewish families who resided in Jaffa established the first neighborhood of what would later become the city of Tel Aviv