May 2012
Stephen Rubin

It’s 8AM on Sunday morning, and another week in the congested streets and overflowing cafes of Tel Aviv has begun.

By midday, the beaches will be full of tourists, students and independently employed Tel Avivim who relish in the flexibility of being able to self-manage their own lives while taking in the hot Mediterranean sun and the sea’s glistening afternoon waters.

The city of Tel Aviv has come a long way since 1909 when the 66 founding families decided to push up north from Jaffa and replace the expansive sand dune-dominated topography with what would eventually become the fundamental trial of Jewish self-governance and contemporary Hebrew culture.