New lease of life for 1940s cafe opened by British army veterans

IN the mid-1940s a beach-front complex known as the Galiah Beach consisting of a casino, dance hall, café and small guest chalets, was opened by Jewish British army veterans serving in British Mandatory Palestine.

The veterans had formed the Jewish Ex-Servicemen’s Bathing Establishment, and Galiah Beach became a popular meeting place on the Mediterranean shores for themselves, their families and guests.

Situated in Kiryat Yam, a then slowly developing small town sitting snugly across the bay from the Haifa docks and Mount Carmel, the large concrete buildings that housed the male and female changing rooms still remain today at the site.

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