Sukkot holiday in Jerusalem 2018 - Jerusalem Municipality
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Sukkot in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Parade, Sukkot Tours in Safra Square , "BeChatzerot" ("In the Courtyards") - A music festival and tours in the enchanted courtyards of Jerusalem, Ein Kerem Festival, Beit Lechem Road Festival and dozens of special events and activities, in dozens of places and museums over the course of the festival of Sukkot in Jerusalem

Mayor Nir Barkat: "I invite the residents of Jerusalem and the entire country to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem during Sukkot, and to enjoy special, varied, and pleasurable events."

Here is a detailed list of the Municipality's events:


Jerusalem March

For the Jerusalem March website in Hebrew click here

The Morning Stroll

Path A, for able-bodied walkers: approximately 12 kilometers (start from 7:00 to 9:00)

Starting from Ammunition Hill - Mount Scopus – Zurim Valley - Mount Zion – Ben Hinnom Valley - Yemin Moshe - Talbiye – Rehavia, and ending in Sacher Park.

Path B, with a medium level of difficulty: approximately 9 kilometers (starting from 7:30 to 9:30)

Starting from Mount Scopus – Zurim Valley - Mount Zion – Ben Hinnom Valley - Yemin Moshe - Talbiye – Rehavia, and ending in Sacher Park.

Path C, with an easy level of difficulty/for families: approximately 4 kilometers (starting from 8:00 to 10:00)

Starting from Safra Square - Jaffa Gate - Mount Zion – Ben Hinnom Valley - Yemin Moshe - Talbiye – Rehavia, and ending in Sacher Park.


The Sacher Park Happening (from 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM)

The activities are for the entire family, for those who participated in the march, and Jerusalem residents.

It includes a family happening, shows, performances, artists, fair booths, Kids' World, and more.


Festive Parade at 15:00

Starting from Bezalel Street, Hillel Street, King David Street, and ending at the First Station Compound.

Representative groups will participate in the parade, marching bands, IDF soldiers, street artists, dance ensembles, and more.

* The day before, a march will be held in the area of Yad Kennedy – Khurvat Se'adim, under the auspices of the organization  "Meetchabrim", outside the municipal area of Jerusalem.


Traffic and Parking Arrangements:


During the festive march in the city center, the following streets will be closed to vehicles from 13:30 until 18:00:


Ben-Zvi (between Agrippas and the Ruppin junction), Rabin Blvd., Bezalel, Ben Yehuda, Shmuel Hanagid, Be'eri, King George, Agron, Hillel, Ben Sira, King David and David Remez.  (Disruption of traffic is expected in the streets connected to these streets).

Traffic may be disrupted between 8:30 and approximately 13:00 on Jabotinsky, HaNasi, Haari, Metudela and Saadia Gaon streets.

Parking will be completely prohibited on the following streets from midnight on the night before the march (from Wednesday, September 26) until Thursday, September 27 at approximately 18:00: Ben Zvi Blvd., Hillel, Ben Sira, King David and David Remez.

Drivers heading north on Emek Refaim St. and Bethlehem Road must drive through the IDF Tunnel.

For those arriving in Jerusalem, please turn on to Herzl/Begin Blvd.  Entrance to the city is recommended via Route 9.

Changes will be made in public transportation routes during the march.  There will be no service on the following streets: Keren Hayesod, King David, King George and Alayash.  There will be service on Agrippas, Hanevi'im, King Solomon, Shivtei Israel and Yitzhak Kariv streets.

 Any vehicles parked in violation of traffic laws and prohibited areas will be towed.  The public is asked to use public transportation.  For details contact Egged at *2800.

Those arriving by car may park at Teddy Stadium or in the Binyanei HaUma area, from which shuttles will be provided to the starting points.

Shuttles back to Teddy Stadium from Sacher Park (Ruppin Blvd.) will be available from 12:00 until 15:00.  Shuttles will not be provided from Sacher Park back to the starting points.

Drivers are asked to obey police and parking stewards' instructions along the march route.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience caused by the march.

For more information: March Headquarters 02-5457639, Jerusalem Municipality hotline 106.

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"BeChatzerot” (“In the Courtyards")

​A festival of music, workshops, storytellers, and tours in the most beautiful and enchanted courtyards of Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, Chol HaMoed Sukkot (September 26th), dozens of free shows and events will be held in the courtyards of the Museum of Italian Jewry, the Museum of North African Jewry, the Anna Ticho House and the Elboher Courtyard in Nahlaot, near the Mahane Yehuda Market.

For the first time, the Jerusalem Municipality will hold a vibrant and event-filled festival in four beautiful and enchanted courtyards in the city. The festival will offer participants a chance to get to know the multicultural mosaic in Jerusalem through the sounds, the stories, the characters, and the different tastes. During the Wednesday of Chol HaMoed Sukkot (September 26th), starting from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM, dozens of events and shows will take place in the courtyards of the Museum of Italian Jewry (25 Hillel Street), the Museum of North African Jewry (13 Ha-Ma'aravim Street), Anna Ticho House (10 Agan Street) and the Elboher Courtyard in Nahlaot (12 Agrippas Street).

Museum of Italian Jewry - There will be performances dedicated to the Yemenite, Ethiopian and Kurdish communities. Among the participants in the performances will be: Shlomo Gronich, saxophonist Abate Berihon, Yishai Saidoff with a Kurdish band and Aharon Amram and his sons, who will celebrate the song of Yemenite Jewry.

The North African Jewish Museum - Shlomo Bar and the members of the Bereirah Tiv'it ("Natural Selection") will perform in a new original performance, Patrick Shmuel will sing Chanson songs, and throughout the day there will be Andalusian liturgical performances, from the tradition of Moroccan Jews.

In the Anna Ticho House courtyard --The actor Golan Azoulay will be a guest, and Koby Arieli, and Adam Tzachi will lead a satirical performance, as well as singer Ovadia Hamama and others.

In the Elbohar Courtyard (Nahlaot) near the Mahane Yehuda Market - The Israeli Ladino Orchestra with the singer Deganit Dado will be hosted, and there will also be performances by Chilik Frank of Hassidic melodies, Elad Gabbay and Friends in Iraqi piyyutim (liturgical poems), Klezmer performances, and more.

Throughout the day, in the courtyards, there will also be workshops and games for children, meetings with storytellers, and tours to be held in some of the treasures of Jerusalem's City Center.

In order to make it easier for the visitors, an information stand will be placed in the "Gan HaSuss" (= "Horse Garden") (the Bor HaShiber Park at 22 King George Street), where it will be possible to receive additional details about the shows and the departure time for the tours.

All events at the "BaChatzerot" festival are free of charge. Details and additional information can be obtained at the Jerusalem Municipality website as well.

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Ein Kerem Festival

​Chol HaMoedSukkot: Wednesday - Friday, September 26-28, 2018

September 26-27, 2018 - 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, September 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

The Ein Kerem Festival - will take place in the Ein Kerem neighborhood: a celebration of music and art, stalls, wine and food-tasting in the valley. Events and a village celebration around a communal sukkah, open houses, visits to charming corners and tours. A children's area and clown performances, a circus and magic performances.

Admission is free!

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The Beit Lechem Road Festival

​In the Baka Neighborhood - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 between the hours 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The festival will be held along the road under the theme of sustainability - creating a culture and arts in the community - a festival of music, art, stalls, community, and workshops, second-hand items on sale, and other activities and events for the whole family in the enchanted Baka neighborhood.

Admission is free!

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Sukkot Tours in Safra Square

​The Jerusalem Municipality's Authority for Quality of Service and the Visitor Center conduct guided tours of City Hall. The visit includes a tour of the City Hall campus, with its historic buildings, sculptures and street decorations, a spectacular view of Jerusalem's new and old neighborhoods, and a visit to the Model House - a miniaturized model of the city center.

The tour is intended for families and individuals. The tour lasts about an hour and a half. The tours are free of charge and there is no need to register in advance.

The tours will be held in Hebrew and English on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 16th- 17th of Tishrei, September 25-26, 2018.

On Tuesday, 16th Tishrei, September 25, 2018: at 11:00 AM in Hebrew and English, and at 1:00 PM in Hebrew.

On Wednesday, 17th Tishrei, September 26, 2018- at 11:00 AM in Hebrew and English, at 12:00 PM in French, and at 1:00 PM in Hebrew.

Meeting point: Safra Square, the Cushions Area at the entrance to Building 3.

For more information:

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Hoshanah Rabbah Night—September 29, 2018

​The Hoshana Rabba Study Event will be held on September 29, 2018 in the city's neighborhoods - details in the Community Administrations. 

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Simchat Beit Hashoeva – Chol HaMoed

On Tuesday through Thursday, the 16th – 18th of Tishrei, September 25-27, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Admission is free. Details in the Community Administrations in each neighborhood.

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Simchat Torah and Second Hakafot in the Neighborhoods

Monday, 21st Tishrei 5779, October 1, 2018, between the hours of 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM.

Admission is free in dozens of centers in the neighborhoods--details are available in the Community Administrations in each neighborhood.

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Municipality's offices closed

​The Municipality's offices will be closed on the holidays from Tuesday,  9th Tishrei, 5779, on September 18, 2018, until Monday, 22nd Tishrei, 5779, October 1, 2018.

Municipal services that will operate during the holiday: sanitation services, municipal supervision, Parking Authority Services, the Department of Gardening, and the Veterinary Service.

Details about all of the events can be obtained from the Jerusalem Municipality's Municipal Hotline 106, which provides information on all activities in Jerusalem, 24 hours a day, and is available to the city's residents and visitors (for those calling from outside the city, 02-5314600), on the Municipality's website:, on the Municipality's Facebook page, and on the Jerusalem app.

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