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Do you speak French? Russian? Spanish?
You can join a tour for individuals with an audio-guide in French, Russian, or Spanish!
To reserve a tour, call 972-2-6271333
*The audio-guide will be given in exchange for an ID left as collateral.
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Important Notice

Accessibility of the Western Wall Tunnels - Important Message!
Due to construction work, wheelchairs will not be accessible in the Western Wall Tunnels. The Fund's management apologizes for the temporary inconvenience. "A Look into the Past" is still wheelchair accessible.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Important notice

The Chain of Generations Center is getting a new look!
Due to the renovation, the site will be closed to visitors between May 5, 2019 - June 12, 2019.
We invite you to come visit when it reopens!

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Transportation to the Western Wall for Bar Mitzvah families
The Western Wall Train and Shuttle bus depart from Jaffa Gate and return every 20 minutes between 08:40 and 13:20 – The travel is free for Bar Mitzvah families.

Departure point - Karta Parking Lot B (the bus parking lot parallel to Yitzhak Kariv Street)

Destination- Goren Square near the Western Wall.

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Jan 08, 2020

Asara B'Tevet

Asara B'Tevet

The fast days meant for mourning the destruction of the Temple will be cancelled in the days of the Messiah and become days of celebration and joy. "So said the Lord of Hosts: The fast of the fourth (month), the fast of the fifth (month), the fast of the seventh (month, and the fast of the tenth (month) shall be for the house of Judah for joy and happiness and for happy holidays - but love truth and peace" (Zechariah 8)

Dec 31, 2019

About 500,00 people visited the Western Wall during Hanukkah.

About 500,00 people visited the Western Wall during Hanukkah.

Tens of thousands of people came to the Western Wall everyday during Hanukkah, and especially during the daily main events of lighting the Menorah.


Dec 29, 2019

הדלקת נרות חנוכה

Chanukah Candle-Lighting 5780

Like in previous years, Chanukah candles will be lit every night at the Western Wall Plaza, the site closest to where the Chanukah miracle took place. The candles will be lit in a magnificent menorah generously.
The bronze menorah is over 2 meters high and two meters wide, weighs one ton, and took about seven months to create.
The Chanukah candles will be lit with olive oil using special weather-proof utensils allowing the menorah to remain lit throughout the night. The menorah will be placed on a new and lit stage.
Chanukah candle-lighting will take place every evening of Chanukah at 4:00pm on Rabbi Getz Sinagogue, at 4:30 pm on Beit Shtraus Roof and at 4:40pm on The Western Wall Plaza. On Saturday night at 7:00 pm, and on Friday at 3:30 pm.


First night, Sunday 24 Kislev (22/12/2019)

Second night, Monday 25 Kislev (23/12/2019)

Third night, Tuesday 26 Kislev (24/12/2019)

Fourth night, Wednesday 27 Kislev (25/12/2019)

Fifth night, Thursday, 28 Kislev (26/12/2019)

Sixth night, Friday, 29 Kislev (27/12/2019)

Seventh night, Saturday night 30 Kislev (28/12/2019)

Eighth night, Sunday 1 Tevet (29/12/2019)

Dec 17, 2019

Putting up the menorah in the Western Wall Plaza

Putting up the menorah in the Western Wall Plaza

This morning (Tuesday), the traditional, large menorah was set up in the Western Wall Plaza in preparation for the upcoming Chanukah festival. 
The menorah is made of bronze, reaches over 2 meters high and is about 2 meters wide.  It weighs about one ton and took 7 months to make.
During all of Chanukah – beginning on Sunday, 24 Kislev, 5780 (December 22, 2019) through Monday, 2 Tevet, 5780 (December 30, 2019) – there will be a public Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall Plaza in the presence of dignitaries and rabbis. 
Chanukah is a wonderful time for taking part in any of the unique and exciting events that take place at the Western Wall, where you can be part of the festive atmosphere that sheds light everywhere.
The candle-lighting ceremonies can be viewed through the Kotel webcams at www.thekotel.org or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WesternWallEnglish/
Chanukah, the festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness, is when we should all remember the power of just a small amount of light to dispel deep darkness, and to ignite this light in our souls.

Notices from the Western Wall

The Western Wall

We all know that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. We know that it is the last remnant of our Temple. We also know that Jews from around the world gather here to pray. People write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.
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Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel, in a unique atmosphere of unity and holiness, and at no charge.
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Western Wall Sites

The Western Wall Plaza is home to some of the most interesting historical tourist sites in the world, which offer a unique perspective on the genealogy of the Jewish people and the history of Jerusalem. We invite you to visit the sites and enjoy an empowering and unforgettable experience.

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Interesting Facts


Jerusalem, Israel


Friday 20 Teveth 5780, 1.17.2020
Mid day:
Candle Light
Torah weekly section
Times are according to Standard Time
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to preserve the heritage of the Western Wall in the capital of Israel, and supports a courteous response to every traveler and visitor. We bring you up-to-date information such as events, tours and celebrations related to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and many activities for children, Bar / Bat Mitzvah celebrations and more useful services to assist you to convey an empowering and sacred experience.