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Separate beaches for men and women

2 Aug

This past week I had the pleasure of going to women’s only beach in Herzliyah.  The beach’s name is called “The separate beach” and in Hebrew it is called “חוף הנפרד”.  On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday the beach is open only for women and on  Monday, Wednesday and Friday it is only open for men.

Israel has a large population of ultra orthodox and they do not go mix swimming.  A lot of the major beachside cities have a “separate beach” that most people who are not ultra orthodox do not know about.

So what brought me to an all women’s beach? My nieces. My sister is ultra orthodox and is raising her children in that world. She invited me to join her and her two eldest girls at the beach during their summer break.

Now I grew up by the beach. I have wonderful memories of going with my grandparents to Brighten Beach in Brooklyn as a young child.  I went to school and camp in Long Beach and as a family, we went to East Rockaway’s beach/pool. Yeah, they had a pool *on* the beach.

So when the opportunity presented itself to go with my sister, her girls and our visiting mom, I jumped at the chance. I mean, I’ve been to separate beaches before so I knew what to expect. I was a little concerned that the beach was not accessible by public transportation but I quickly found out that the beach is a kilometer ( a little over half a mile) away. Phew. Public transportation and walking distance. Perfect.

It was wonderful to play in the sea with my family. We really frolicked in the sand/sea and we taught the girls to jump over the waves,  collect seashells, dig and build in the sand.

These are the memories that last a lifetime.