Card Games

Card games have been a popular activity in education, for fun and leisure, magic tricks, gambling and even necromancy for many hundreds of years.

A set of cards is called a deck, or a pack.  Cards which each player holds is called a hand.

Benjamin Barlevy (1894 – 1964) pioneered the manufacture of card games (and of course board games) after he came to Tel Aviv from Warsaw at the age of 27. His strongest themes were knowledge of nature, geography of the land of the Bible and Jewish heritage.

As you can see in these pictures these card games, the earliest from the 1920s are charming.

Palphot, an Israeli company, still publishes decks of cards which use pictures of Israel and Jewish traditions


These two games became best sellers all over the world before they became popular in Israel.