Jerusalem Day: 53 Years Since the Reunification of Jerusalem

Gear up for Jerusalem Day! Jerusalem Day, which is celebrated on the Hebrew date of 28 Iyar (which this year falls on May 22, 2020) Ever since Jerusalem's reunification in 1967, the city has grown and thanks to KKL-JNF, becomes greener every year.

 

 

"And to Jerusalem Your city, return, with compassion; Dwell in her, as You have promised; Build her, soon, in our day as an everlasting building; And there, prepare the throne of David, Your servant, in good time."
 
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About Jerusalem Day

About Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem was divided during the War of Independence. The eastern part, which included the Old City and the Western Wall, were closed to Jews. Nineteen years later, it was reunited as a result of Israel's surprise victory the 6-Day War.

Jerusalem for everyone

Jerusalem for everyone

Holy to the worlds 3 major monotheistic religions, Jerusalem's population comprises of a diverse mix of faiths and nationalities, religious and secular, young and old, who have chosen to make Jerusalem their home.

The KKL-JNF-Jerusalem Connection

The KKL-JNF-Jerusalem Connection

Together with its friends worldwide, KKL-JNF invests in forests, parks, community projects and historical sites in and around Jerusalem, creating a beautiful green city for everyone.

KKL-JNF and the Six Day War

KKL-JNF and the Six Day War

During the period of alert preceding the June 1967 Six Day War, KKL-JNF carved out new roads on Mount Gilboa and at numerous other sites all over Israel.

KKL-JNF Golden Book: Jerusalem Day in the 17th Volume

 

Inscriptions in the seventeenth volume, which began and ended in 1968, revolved around the Six Day War. Its pages honor Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, victorious Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, the IDF and hospitals that volunteered for action during the war.

The joy at Jerusalem's reunification on June 7th, 1967 is documented in an inscription by Teddy Kollek, Mayor of the "city compacted together" (in the words of the Psalmist) Ben-Gurion is also marked in this volume, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, as is Joseph Weitz, on his retirement from KKL-JNF.

 

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Infographic: KKL-JNF in Jerusalem

 

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Jerusalem Facts and Figures

 

  • Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. 

 

  • No other city has as many names in Hebrew – 105.

  • Jerusalem is Israel's capital and the country's parliament (the Knesset), the Supreme Court and the residences of the President and Prime Minister of Israel.

  • Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel. At the end of 2018, Jerusalem had approximately 919,400 residents, constituting approximately 10% of Israel's residents.

  • Jerusalem houses the largest and most diverse population of any other city in Israel, with a population size twice that of Tel Aviv, the second most populous Israeli city.

  • The municipal area of Jerusalem is 125 square kilometers; it is the largest city in Israel, both in population and in area.

 

  • Jerusalem is 60 kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea, and 35 kilometers west of the Dead Sea.

  • Jerusalem has 60 museums – the largest number in Israel.

  • Jerusalem has some 2000 archaeological sites.

  • Jerusalem hosts about 30 festivals and cultural events yearly – the most in Israel.

  • The average daily temperature in winter is 12C and in summer 29C.


The many faces of Jerusalem. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive