Naama Barak
July 2, 2023

Israeli hit period drama The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is returning to Netflix for its second season on July 14.

The TV show tells the story of the multigenerational Ermosa family in the first half of the 20th century, with the love lives and family feuds of its main characters set against the backdrop of a changing Jerusalem under Ottoman, British and Israeli rule.

The show is based on a bestselling novel of the same name by Sarit Yishai-Levi. Its first season aired in Israel in the summer of 2021, and became available on Netflix in 2022. The second season, which has 16 episodes, aired earlier this year in Israel on the YES TV network.

‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’ returns to Netflix for Season 2
“The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” is a hit on Netflix. Photo-by Hila Elkayam/courtesy of YES

Featuring a mix of Hebrew, Arabic, English and Ladino, it gives insight into the diverse communities of the city that was home to Ottoman rulers, Jewish and Arab residents and British officers. It also sheds light on the turbulent times that rose out of political and military struggles, and the dangers involved in crossing community lines in the name of love and happiness.

Among the actors starring in the show are Israeli stars Michael Aloni, who is familiar to Netflix viewers from other hit shows such as Shtisel and When Heroes Fly; Swell Ariel Or, Hila Saada and Yuval Scharf. It also features in a supporting role Itzik Cohen, who is beloved across the world for his portrayal of Captain Ayoub in Fauda.

‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’ returns to Netflix for Season 2
A scene from “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.” Photo by Micha Birkman/courtesy of YES

The critically acclaimed show has also been lauded for it detailed portrayal of daily life in early 20th century Jerusalem, particularly the amazing costumes representing the characters’ different backgrounds.

Last summer, the show’s costume designer, Liron Cohen, told ISRAEL21c about the challenges involved in creating a period piece, and the local vintage shops that came to its rescue.

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