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Tel Aviv celebrates Jerusalem Day at the beach

A sandcastle is carved with iconic symbols in the stretch of sand named for the holy city

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

A sand structure celebrating Jerusalem Day, which falls on May 10, at Tel Aviv's Jerusalem Beach (Courtesy Kfir Sivan)
A sand structure celebrating Jerusalem Day, which falls on May 10, at Tel Aviv's Jerusalem Beach (Courtesy Kfir Sivan)

Even Tel Aviv likes to celebrate Jerusalem sometimes, and it does so in the manner most befitting the urban city by the sea.

For this year’s Jerusalem Day, being celebrated Monday, Tel Aviv commissioned sand artist Giora Jirafi to create a 1.6-meter-high sand castle celebrating Jerusalem’s iconic symbols, including the lion, the walls of the Old City and other familiar structures from the Old City.

The sand structure was constructed on Tel Aviv’s Jerusalem Beach, situated at the southern end of the Tel Aviv promenade and known for its kite surfers, volleyball courts, showers and kids’ playground.

The stretch of Jerusalem Beach was named for the capital city 20 years after Jerusalem was reunified, the point at which  Israel took control of the Temple Mount compound and the eastern parts of the city during the 1967 Six Day War.

Jerusalem’s iconic mayor Teddy Kollek, third from right, at the dedication of the stretch of the Jerusalem beach in Tel Aviv (Courtesy Yosef Lior)

This week, from May 10 until May 13, Jerusalemites are invited to visit Tel Aviv’s Jerusalem beach, where they can rent a beach chair and umbrella for free by showing their Jerusalem identification.

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