Valentine’s Day is a fairly new phenomenon in Israel but that doesn’t stop young lovers across the country from celebrating in style.

You’ll find many events, especially in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, including concerts, parties and special meals at restaurants, and shops are also increasingly getting into the act, but since Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, that’s what we are focusing on in our series of photographs.

They might be attending one of the most spectacular light shows in Israel, but this couple at the Festival of Lights in Jerusalem’s Old City, only have eyes for one another. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.
They might be attending one of the most spectacular light shows in Israel, but this couple at the Festival of Lights in Jerusalem’s Old City, only have eyes for one another. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

 

Love will keep you warm. A couple kiss in the snow at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, wearing little but their love. Photo by Flash90
Love will keep you warm. A couple kiss in the snow at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, wearing little but their love. Photo by Flash90

 

A young couple take a moment to relax with their dog on Rothschild Avenue in Tel Aviv in the midst of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, when Code Red alert sirens sounded frequently in the city warning of incoming rockets fired from Gaza. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
A young couple take a moment to relax with their dog on Rothschild Avenue in Tel Aviv in the midst of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, when Code Red alert sirens sounded frequently in the city warning of incoming rockets fired from Gaza. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
A groom from the Arab Village of Beit Hanina helps his bride with her dress in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood of West Jerusalem as they take photographs before their wedding. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
A groom from the Arab Village of Beit Hanina helps his bride with her dress in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood of West Jerusalem as they take photographs before their wedding. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
When it’s hot outside, there’s only one way to cool off, especially when you’re young and in love.  Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90 at Metzizm beach in Tel Aviv.
When it’s hot outside, there’s only one way to cool off, especially when you’re young and in love. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90 at Metzizm beach in Tel Aviv.

 

When you’re in love, who cares where you are. A couple share a tender moment while a few feet away a woman sits with her feet dangling into an aquarium doing a pedicure. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.
When you’re in love, who cares where you are. A couple share a tender moment while a few feet away a woman sits with her feet dangling into an aquarium doing a pedicure. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.
Gay pride events in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are some of the most riotous and fun happenings of the year. A young couple attending the Jerusalem gay pride parade are swept up in the moment. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
Gay pride events in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are some of the riotous and fun happenings of the year. A young couple attending the Jerusalem gay pride parade are swept up in the moment. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
The Makhtesh Ramon crater near Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev provides a phenomenal backdrop for this couple. Photo by Zoe Vayer/Flash90.
The Makhtesh Ramon crater near Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev provides a phenomenal backdrop for this couple. Photo by Zoe Vayer/Flash90.