Jewish Event Calendar

Event Calendar

Nov 14, 2019

מהמסע בפולין לכותל המערבי

From Poland to the Kotel

With a wellspring of emotion, the girls from the Ulpena in Modiin came straight to the Kotel from their journey to Poland.

Nov 11, 2019

עדכון פירוק המנוף ברחבת הכותל המערבי

Update- Dismantling the Crane at the Western Wall Plaza

Update- Dismantling the Crane at the Western Wall Plaza Now that the frame for the Western Wall Heritage Center has been completed,

the crane situated in the plaza will be dismantled today between 3 pm and 3 am. For safety reasons, the upper plaza will be closed, and therefore, the entrances to the Western Wall plaza will be closed for short intermittent periods of time. The adjacent parking lot will be closed as well. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation ushers will be available to assist visitors and will do all they can to minimize any disturbance to worshipers and visitors.


Oct 28, 2019


Mr. Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to United States President visits the Western Wall

Mr. Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to United States President Donald Trump, came with Mr. Avrahm Berkowitz Deputy Assistant to the President and US Ambassador to Israel Mr. David Friedman to pray at the Western Wall during his visit to Israel.
They were greeted by the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, and by the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mr. Mordechai (Suli) Eliav.

 Ivanka Trump shared her husband's visit to the Western Wall


Oct 27, 2019


Construction Work at the Western Wall Plaza- Update

Following the completion of the Western Wall Heritage Center frame, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, has begun work on connecting the Roman Cardo road exposed over a decade ago at the Western Wall Heritage Center with the findings uncovered under Strauss House in the Western Wall Tunnels.


The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is continuing to develop the Western Wall Plaza for the benefit of the visitors coming to the Western Wall.


The Western Wall Heritage Foundation ushers are there to serve the public and do all they can to minimize any disturbance to worshippers and visitors.




Oct 24, 2019


Swearing-in Ceremony for the Paratrooper's Unit

The swearing-in ceremony for Paratrooper recruits took place this evening at the Western Wall.

Oct 22, 2019

למעלה מ-2 מיליון אנשים פקדו את הכותל המערבי בחודש החגים

Over two million visitors came to the Western Wall during the month of the holidays

Approximately 2.5 million people came to the Western Wall during the Hebrew month of Tishrei – a significant rise over the past several years.
During the month, hundreds of thousands participated in the slichot (penitential prayer) services that took place toward the end of the month of Elul and during the Aseret Yemei Tshuva between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Furthermore, an additional million people came to visit Jerusalem and the Western Wall during the Succot (Tabernacles) holiday in commemoration of the historic pilgrimage and participated in the traditional Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) in which hundreds of kohanim raised their hands and blessed the mass of people using the triple blessing written in the Torah.
Thousands came to the Western Wall plaza during the evening of Hoshana Rabba, as well as for Simchat Torah and for the second hakafot that have become a yearly tradition in Jerusalem, with mass dancing together with approximately one hundred Torah scrolls.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation reported a yearly rise in the number of people coming to the Western Wall during this time of year from all around Israel and from around the world, and from different segments of society.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation expressed its appreciation of the dedicated staff and security and police forces who worked hard to make it possible for over two million people to come to the Wall this past month, keeping them safe and secure.
The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, noted that the masses who visited the Western Wall served as impressive and inspiring evidence of the unifying connection we all have with the Western Wall. He said that it is hard not to be amazed by the sight of so many people visiting the Wall, pointing to the real power of the Jewish nation.

Oct 10, 2019

ברכת כהנים

Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) Chol HaMoed Succot


Oct 09, 2019

מוצאי יום כיפור - תש"פ

Mi K’Amcha Yisrael

Mi K’Amcha Yisrael

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites


The Talmud describes that even the Ruler of the Universe puts on His own tefillin. And the verse “וּמִי כְּעַמְּךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל גּוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ” - And who is like Your people Israel, one nation in the world – is written in these tefillin. Rabbi Levy Yitzhak of Berditchev, of blessed memory, would quote the Talmud while standing to pray for Am Yisrael and plead to Hashem “A Jew who drops his tefillin, immediately picks them up, kisses them and strokes them. See that Your tefillin, Am Yisrael, are falling – will You not pick them up immediately, kiss them and stroke them?”

I am sure that Rabbi Levy of Berditchev envisioned the entire Jewish Nation standing together in prayer. And here, we have merited that two hundred years later we are living – not envisioning – the tens of thousands of Jewish People standing together in prayer. More than one million people came from all over the world to say Selichot at the Western Wall. Men and women, young and old - one nation in the world, as one man in one heart.

This picture, taken on the last night of Selichot, on the eve of Yom Kippur (credit: Yisrael Bardugo), speaks of a greater truth than thousands of words. This picture describes the true and deep connection between Am Yisrael and Hashem, together with His heritage and Holy City. I am placing this picture before the Divine, and pleading that which King Solomon did in his time: “That Your eyes may be open toward this house … to listen to the prayer.” See, Lord of the Universe, see Your sons and daughters, standing united at the Western Wall and calling out Your name with one heart. This is the true heartbeat of the Jewish People, and it is deeper than any fight or dispute. Forgive us, pardon us, and bless us with a good year.


Chag Sameach.

Oct 06, 2019

יו"ר הסוכנות היהודית בסיור סליחות

Chairman of the Jewish Agency

Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Mr. Isaac Herzog, in a special Selichot tour at the Western Wall before Yom Kippur, together with a group of Olim, new immigrants to Israel.
Shana Tova and welcome to all.

Oct 02, 2019

Western Wall Workers remove the notes

Rosh Hashanah 2019 – Clearing the Notes from the Western Wall

Press release
As ahead of every Rosh Hashanah, the employees of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has removed the notes that were put among the stones of the Wall in the last few months by visitors and worshipers. The notes were removed using wooden tools, not iron ones – as was the custom at the ancient Temples.
After the removal, the notes were packed and transferred into special Genizah containers that are meant to store holy books and papers. They will later be buried in the Mount of Olives, together with other Genizah items.
The notes of prayer were hidden inside the Wall by worshippers both from Israel and abroad, Jews and non-Jews. Many notes were also put there by the employees of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, who received tens of thousands of prayers through the Foundation's website and mail services.
Ever since the previous Rosh Hashanah, more than 32,000 notes were sent to the Wall through Over 1500 of them were sent by people in Israel.
The notes came from many countries around the world, including the US, Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, Germany, England, Columbia, Argentina, Ukraine, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Indonesia, Spain, Liberia, Poland, Australia, Ecuador, Switzerland, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Morocco and Hong Kong.
In order to protect the privacy and wishes of the note-writers, the removal area was isolated until the process was over. All of the notes were sealed inside special bags.
The rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, accompanied the removal process and prayed for the hopes and wishes of all worshippers – to come true for the best.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation continues to offer unique Selichot tours in the Old City that focus on the special atmosphere of the Western Wall during the Selichot prayers.
For details, *5859.

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