Jewish Event Calendar

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Sep 11, 2019

בדיקה שגרתית של תקינות אבני הכותל המערבי- לקראת חגי תשרי ה'תש"פ

Routine check of the Western Wall stones ahead of the High Holidays 5780


 A periodic check of the Western Wall stones’ stability took place this morning.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation conducts a thorough examination of the stones’ stability twice a year, before Passover and before Rosh Hashana. This includes the areas of the covered Wilson’s Arch as well as the wall of the Makhkama building. During the examination, the courses of stones are cleaned of various items that may be brought there by birds, and loose stone particles or mortar between the stones are removed. Mostly weeds were removed during the examination conducted this year ahead of Rosh Hashana, and a bird’s nest found between the stones was transferred elsewhere, meriting us with the additional mitzvah of “shiluach haken”, sending of the nest.


The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is also preparing for the traditional note removal that will take place on Tuesday, 24 Elul (September 24) at 10:30am.
The sacred removal is open to the media with advance coordination.
For more information, contact Yohanna – 052 8693123.

Registration is continuing for the nighttime slichot tours in the Old City alleyways. There are a variety of tours appropriate for groups and families. All the tours end at the central slichot event at the Western Wall plaza.

Slichot tours run by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation:


Musical Slichot Tour - Slichot tour in the Old City alleys to the sounds of the slichot liturgy
Slichot in Antiquity – Slichot tours in the Jewish Quarter alleys and in the Western Wall Tunnels
Slichot Tours in New Underground Sites in the Western Wall Plaza area with musical accompaniment.
Slichot Tours in the Old City in the Footsteps Agnon Stories
Slichot Tours in Nachlaot – in the footsteps of personalities, places, and liturgy
New – Slichot and Tastings - Tour among the stalls of the Machane Yehuda market and a nighttime walk among the picturesque neighborhood of Nachlaot.
Central Slichot will take place on:
•Thursday – 12 Elul, 5779 – September 12, 2019
•Thursday – 19 Elul, 5779 – September 19, 2019
•Thursday – 26 Elul, 5779 – September 26, 2019
•Sat night – 28 Elul, 5779 – September 28, 2019
•Wednesday – 3 Tishrei, 5780 – October 2, 2019
•Thursday – 4 Tishrei, 5780 – October 3, 2019
•Sat night – 6 Tishrei, 5780 – October 5, 2019
•Sunday – 7 Tishrei, 5780 – October 6, 2019

The central Slichot event will take place on Monday, 8 Tishrei 5780, October 7, 2019, at 12 midnight in the presence of Israel’s Chief Rabbis.

A video of the event will be posted to the Western Wall Facebook page.
Enclosed photographs, credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation

 

 

 

Sep 10, 2019

בביקורו הראשון בישראל הגיע שר החוץ של אלבניה Mr. Cent Cakaj לסיור מרגש בכותל ואמר כי הוא חש את קדושת המקום, וכי מדינתו תמשיך לתמוך בישראל.

During his first visit to Israel, Albania's Foreign Minister, Mr. Cent Cakaj, came for a moving visit to the Western Wall and said he senses the holiness of the site, and that his country will continue supporting Israel.


 

Sep 09, 2019

מעמדי סליחות

Slichot (Penitential Prayers) at the Western Wall

Slichot (Penitential Prayers) at the Western Wall will take place, iy”H, on the days preceding Rosh Hashana And during Aseret Yemei Tshuva (between RH and Yom Kippur) At 12:15am

Thousands of people have started to come to the Western Wall every night at midnight and at the early morning hours to say Slichot, as is customary with the Sephardic community.
The Western Wall Plaza has been filled with people from all communities from all around Israel, accepting the kingship of heaven during these days of repentance, roaring as one to heaven – “Adon HaSlichot, we have sinned before You – have mercy on us!”
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation printed about 100,000 Slichot booklets for the worshippers.
Every year, the number of worshippers coming to the Western Wall during the High Holidays grows. The sight of thousands of people streaming to the Western Wall Plaza during the night hours of this special week is an unforgettable experience. The power of the connection between Am Yisrael and the Western Wall is palpable at this time. All the barriers between various communities dissipate and all unite in prayer standing in front of the ancient stones, in accordance to Jewish tradition and halacha.
Central Slichot will take place on:

•Thursday – 12 Elul, 5779 – September 12, 2019

•Thursday – 19 Elul, 5779 – September 19, 2019

•Thursday – 26 Elul, 5779 – September 26, 2019

•Sat night – 28 Elul, 5779 – September 28, 2019

•Wednesday – 3 Tishrei, 5780 – October 2, 2019

•Thursday – 4 Tishrei, 5780 – October 3, 2019

•Sat night – 6 Tishrei, 5780 – October 5, 2019

•Sunday – 7 Tishrei, 5780 – October 6, 2019

The central Slichot event will take place on Monday, 8 Tishrei 5780, October 7, 2019, at 12 midnight in the presence of the Chief Rabbis of Israel – The Rishon Lezion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Rabbi David Lau, as well as Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites. The event will begin with Hatarat Nedarim and Slichot, and afterwards Slichot for Erev Yom Kippur will be recited.
Photos enclosed, credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation


Sep 09, 2019

בר ובת מצוה לניצולי שואה עם עזר מציון

Bar/Bat Mitzvah for Holocaust survivors with Ezer Mizion


 

Sep 01, 2019

ביקורו של נשיא הונדורס בכותל המערבי

Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado

Sunday. This morning, Mr. Juan Hernandez Alvarado, the president of Honduras, and his wife, came to the Western Wall as part of their visit to Jerusalem, where he intends on opening a diplomatic office.

Aug 28, 2019

ניצול השואה שמואל בלר הבוקר בתפילה בכותל סיפר את סיפורו, מרגש מאוד

Holocaust survivor Shmuel Beller tells his story during prayer service at the Western Wall

Shmuel Beller, 92 years old, came to the Western Wall this morning for a moving prayer service. Watch and hear the story about his childhood during the Holocaust, the ghetto, hunger, the transport, and liberation.
 
 

Aug 22, 2019

איך צריכה המציאות להיראות? – פרשת עקב

How Should Reality Look? Parashat Ekev

Moses’ speeches before parting from the nation he led for forty years in the desert continue to accompany us until today through the Torah readings every Shabbat.
 

Aug 19, 2019

מרדכי אלעזר הניח לראשונה תפילין בכותל המערבי בגיל 90, שמחנו לקחת חלק. מרגש!

Mordechai Elazar put on tefillin for the first time at the age of 90 at the Western Wall. We were happy to take part in such a moving event!

 

Aug 19, 2019

25 נערים יחד עם ארגון ישמח חתני הגיעו לחגיגת בר מצווה מרגשת בכותל המערבי

Twenty-five boys came with the Yismach Chatani organization to celebrate their bar mitzvah at the Western Wall. Exciting!

 

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