Reaching Our Essence
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.
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!
Transportation to the Western Wall for Bar Mitzvah familiesThe 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.
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 donated by George Rohr of the United States.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.
DateFirst 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)
One hundred paratroopers and their families in a reunion of soldiers who liberated the Western Wall and waved the Israeli flag in the Six Day War.
Here are several facts you might not know about Sigd: The festival.of Sigd takes place every year on the 29th of Cheshvan, exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur. The source of the holiday is a custom established by Ezra and Nehemiah during the days of the Return to Zion. Sigd focuses on community, yearning for Jerusalem, and renewal of the covenant with G-d. It is customary on Sigd to make peace, and break down walls or separations between people. In Ethiopia, the holiday was marked by a mass ascension to a high mountain from which they looked in the direction of Jerusalem. In Israel, many members of the community gather in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer came on Friday afternoon for a visit to the Western Wall and to the Western Wall Tunnels.She was greeted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, and Mr. Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.The Governor placed a note between the stones of the Wall and remained for some time to watch the worshippers and visitors at the Western Wall Plaza.The Governor took a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, guided by the Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation who showed her fascinating archaeological findings and told her about the age-old yearning of the Jewish nation for Jerusalem. The Governor was deeply impressed by the deep connection between the Jewish nation and Jerusalem and the Western Wall, and signed the guest book with:
"Thank you for a phenomenal visit and long time important relationship with the State of Michigan". (Governor of Michigan and friend to Israel)
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.
The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.
Western Wall, Jerusalem