The city of love

The Israeli equivalent of Valentine's Day, Tu B'Av is a magical, romantic experience in Jerusalem

Einat Sarouf (photo credit: Ariel Basur)
Einat Sarouf
(photo credit: Ariel Basur)
The sad days of the month of Av are over. It’s time to have fun, celebrate and experience the romance of this ancient, modern and always passionate city.  The Israeli equivalent of Valentine’s Day, Tu B’Av, is a magical experience in Jerusalem. You need only wander the quaint, winding streets of Nachlaot, the Old City or Yemin Moshe to get in the spirit. Dress in white, and check out one or more of the many love-inspired events happening around the city.
For a spectacular outdoor concert experience, mesmerizing singer, Einat Sarouf, will be performing at the romantically lit ancient citadel, The Tower of David. Fans of American Jewish Orthodox superstar, Yaakov Shwekey can head to Sultan’s Pool for one of his powerful performances.
Looking to meet Mr/ Miss Right? The Jerusalem Love Festival on Emek Refaim  is THE gathering for young singles in the city and last year more than 2,000 attended. The event features Eviatar Banai and promises to be an eventful night with workshops, DJs, sing-alongs and more. Singles who are keen for a unique experience can head to a mass speed dating event  in a cave by the Old City! Popular bars in the City Center are bringing in the theme of love in one way or the other. Head to trendy Mirror Bar at Mamilla Hotel, or pop into Hagov  on Yoel Solomon Street. For those who prefer to focus on the comical side, check out David Kilimnick’s 'Jewish Singles'  from The ‘Find Me A Wife’ Show. Music lovers and those who prefer to simply ignore the theme of love floating around the city can take refuge at Mike’s Place in town. The bar is holding a gala evening, “Jerryfest”, to mark the birth, life and death of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead guitarist and 1960s cultural guru. There’s something for everyone this Tu B’Av in Jerusalem! is a new online international travel portal offering all the latest information on things to do, places to eat and places to stay in Jerusalem.