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May 11, 2020

The Western Wall from Home

The Western Wall from Home

Bringing the Western Wall Home A variety of activities and films for the whole family so you can sense the Western Wall from home.

May 07, 2020

Getting Organized for the Upcoming Shabbat at the Western Wall

Getting Organized for the Upcoming Shabbat at the Western Wall

We are happy to report that this week, many worshippers returned to pray at the Western Wall, in accordance with the Israeli government’s decision and the cancellation of the restriction of praying only 500 meters from one’s place of residence.

 

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is organizing the Western Wall Plaza in preparation for the arrival of worshippers this coming Shabbat.  Last night, prayer areas were added to the upper plaza in addition to the prayer areas that had already been set up in the prayer plaza this week.

 

As of this Shabbat and the upcoming days – the updated allowance is for up to 500 worshippers at the Western Wall simultaneously.  
If the prayer areas that have been cordoned off will all become full, worshippers will be requested to wait outside of the entrances to the Western Wall until space becomes available.

 

Entrance to the Western Wall on weekdays is contingent on wearing a mask and having temperature taken prior to entering.

 

May 05, 2020

Arrival at the Western Wall in light of the new guidelines

Arrival at the Western Wall in light of the new guidelines

Returning to the Western Wall

 

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation announces that, due to the government’s decision to cancel the restriction of prayer only at a distance of up to 500 meters from one’s place of residence while maintaining the restriction of up to 19 people during prayer in an open area, the worshipers that have so yearned to visit the sacred stones and pray in front of them, can return to the Western Wall while keeping to the Health Ministry restrictions.

 

The Western Wall prayer plazas will be divided into as many prayer areas as possible in the given area and in accordance with the regulations.

 

For the next few days, up to 300 worshippers will be allowed to come to the Western Wall plaza simultaneously, contingent on them wearing masks.  Should the prayer areas all get full, worshippers will be requested to wait outside the entrances to the Western Wall, with the required distances between them, until space becomes available.

 

Likewise, bar/bat mitzvah families can return to celebrate at the Western Wall in accordance with regulations.  Families will have to coordinate their arrival in advance through the Western Wall website or hotline (*5958) to ensure that the prayer area will be available at the time of their arrival.

 

The sites of Western Wall Tunnels remain closed until further notice.

 

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, congratulated the government on its decision.

 

May 01, 2020

Prayer at the Western Wall Plaza

Prayer at the Western Wall Plaza

The government made an exception last night in the case of the Western Wall and has allowed there to be three prayers a day at the Western Wall Plaza, in accordance with regulations of the Health Ministry.  These prayer services will be broadcast live for the benefit of the public.
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, expressed his appreciation to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri for his involvement in allowing these prayers to continue.

 

 

The prayers will be broadcast live, on a daily basis, at the following times:

 Due to the drop in covid-19 cases in Israel and the subsequent lifting of some Health Ministry restrictions regarding prayer quorums in open areas, we will be having our final broadcasting of mincha afternoon prayers and maariv evening prayers today, Tuesday, 25th of Iyar, May 19th. We will thus be ending our series of prayer broadcasts from the Western Wall.
With wishes for good health and good news

No live broadcasts of service will be taking place during Shabbat and Holiday's


The prayer will be broadcast via phone (# 02-3011133) as well as on digital platforms:
Kotel webcams: www.thekotel.org
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thekotel1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WesternWall

kaddish will be recited with a minyan at every prayer service for those saying kaddish for a family member and cannot pray with a minyan due to the situation.  Names of deceased for whom kaddish should be recited can be sent via the Kotel website at the following address:
or by WhatsApp message to https://wa.me/972523077788


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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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.