Santa Comes To Jaffa

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Yes, those are children dressed as Santa Claus—Israeli Arab children.

In Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of the Greater Tel Aviv municipality, which plays a prominent role in the New Testament and is home of the famed St. Peter’s Church and to some 6,500 Christian residents, Christmas becomes visible each year – unlike in most of Israel, where it is barely noticed.

A Christmas celebration in Jerusalem. Getty Images

Old-World Charm In The New Jaffa

The makeover of Israel’s oldest port makes it well worth a visit.

Special To The Jewish Week

It used to be the place you simply arrived at if you walked too far along the Tel Aviv city coastline. But now, after vigorous renovations that have taken the best part of five years to complete, the ancient port of Jaffa has been renewed and transformed into a bustling tourist site that is well worth a visit in its own right.

The Jaffa clocktower.
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