50 Years, 50 Faces

The Tower of David Museum, which tells the story of Jerusalem in many different ways, has created a special project to mark the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem that presents the many faces of that special time.

The residents of Jerusalem experienced, each in their own way, that defining moment when Israeli sovereignty was applied to the Jordanian territories and Israeli control was extended throughout the city. Everyone who was there remembers, just like in other life-altering events, exactly where they were, what they were wearing, and what they felt at the moment of the announcement of unification.

The project has connected people from East and West, each telling his or her own story of that critical moment, in an attempt to unite them all into a one-time human mosaic that exposes the city’s many facets.


Documentary Project

פרוייקט 50 שנים 50 פנים

On the project website you will find short videos directed by Moshe Alafi, 20 of the 50 stories, archival material, photographs from personal albums, newspaper clippings and a variety of materials that together create a unique mosaic of the defining moment that took place 50 years ago. The videos will be screened for six weeks beginning on Jerusalem Day in the Phasael Hall at the Tower of David. The videos are screened in the original language spoken by the participants and are subtitled in  Hebrew and English.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase a map of the city containing all 50 stories and a suggested tour that begins at the museum and goes along the City Line and tells the story of Jerusalem and the stories of these people.

  • 8.8.2017 – The movies will not be shown between 10:30 – 14:00

Jerusalem mosaic


Not for Jerusalemites only! A special video project inviting families and individuals from Israel and the world to join the Jerusalem mosaic created in the documentary project, and tell their own story. The audience is invited to be videoed and send us their personal and family stories from the time of the unification of the city – the videos that will be sent will be displayed at the museum and the visitors will be invited to watch the exciting stories.

  • July – August

The people behind 50 Years: 50 Faces

פרוייקט 50:50

Meetings with the director Moshe Alafi, the editor and the participants of the documentary project for an “Off the Record” talk – behind the scenes of the project.

We will watch a selection of stories left on the editing room’s floor and we will hear about the complexity of building the mosaic.

There will be two meetings:

Dates: May 24, June 23

Location: Phasael Hall, at 11:00 AM