The community in Tel Aviv-Jaffa is the oldest of the communities.

Father Bruno Hussar, a Dominican brother who was born in Egypt to a Jewish family of Hungarian origin and who immigrated to Israel at the begin of the 1950s, was the first to celebrate the mass in Hebrew in Jaffa in 1955. After he moved to Jerusalem, he was replaced as head of the community by Father Alfred Delmée, a Belgian priest who consecrated his life to the service of the Hebrew-speaking community in the city. He died in a car accident in 1985. In 1970, Father Gregor Pawlowski, a Polish Jew, survivor of the Shoah arrived in the city and began to work with the Polish community, some of whom were married to Jewish partners. Their children were educated in Hebrew schools and spoke Hebrew and from out of the Polish community grew another Hebrew –speaking community. Today, Father Apolinary Szwed, a priest from Poland, serves as the head of the Hebrew-speaking community in the city.

The community in Tel Aviv-Jaffa congregates in a chapel within the monastery of the Franciscan Fathers alongside the Church of Saint Peter in Jaffa. Mass is celebrated on Saturday and on Sunday at 18.30.

Jaffa is mentioned in the Bible because of two main reasons. Jonah the Prophet sailed from Jaffa as he fled from God who had commanded him to go and bring the Word of God to the people of Nineveh. In his concern for all peoples, God asked from a prophet from Israel to go and warn a nation who did not know God yet lest they perish. Jonah’s own salvation is tied to the mission to the people of Nineveh and this biblical tale evokes the universal mission of the people of Israel. Many years later, Simon Peter, he too a member of the people of Israel and a disciple and apostle of Christ, came to Jaffa. There it was made known to him that he had to go to the home of Cornelius, a non-Jew who lived in Caesarea, in order to proclaim to him and to his household the good news of salvation in Jesus (Acts 10-11). Jaffa thus represents something important in our history – that salvation is meant for one and all, Jews and non-Jews.

Interior of chapel in Saint Peter's Church, Jaffa