Reaching Our Essence
In accordance with Ministry of Health regulations - Visitors who have been to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Italyin the past 14 days are requested to cancel their tours and receive a full refund at the ticket office or the reservations office - *5958. We would be happy to reschedule a tour of one of the Western Wall Tunnels sites in the near future! Praying for health of all in Israel and around the world.* For more information please check the Israel Ministry of Health website.https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus/
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.
Max, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, hadn't been to the Kotel in 8 years. This morning (Feb 23rd), he came with his wife Esther under the auspices of a project of the Israel Police for the community in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. They took part in a moving prayer service, a tour of the Tunnels, a meeting with the Rabbi of the Western Wall, and a visit to the virtual reality experience A Look into the Past.
The Mayor of Bialystok, Poland visited the Western Wall along with the Mayor of Yehud, Mrs. Ye'ela Macklis.The Mayor of Bialystok noted that he came to see the Jewish nation's ancient history, and committed to remember and mention the Jewish nation's glorious history in Bialystok.
The Israel Fire and Rescue Authority came to the Western Wall this morning with regional commanders, branch directors, and Commissioner Dedi Simchi to pray and tour the Western Wall Tunnels. They were greeted by the Rabbi of the Western Wall whom they thanked for the tradition which began three years ago of lighting the Chanukah menorah at the Western Wall Plaza with the Fire and Rescue Authority.
In a special prayer service held at the Western Wall, many prayed for the entire world, and China in particular, to overcome the spread of the Corona virus, and for a speedy recovery to all those who are ill.The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, said: The Western Wall is a prayer site for Jews and non-Jews. We pray that China will overcome the Corona virus and that it will not spread in China or elsewhere around the world.
The President of France is visiting the Western Wall for the first time as part of the visits of heads of state to Jerusalem. "I feel the holiness and the history here", said French President Emanuel Macron this evening during his first visit at the Western Wall Plaza.
Heads of state have begun visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem today (Wednesday). Among the leaders are: President Emanuel Macron of France, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson of Iceland, President Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and President Salome Zourabichvili of Georgia who all had a personal prayer by the stones of the Western Wall. These visits are due to the arrival of delegations for the World Holocaust Forum taking place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem tomorrow to mark 75 years since the liberation Auschwitz–Birkenau.
The President of France was very moved by his visit. The President stayed for quite a while and heard an explanation about the history of the place from the Director of the Western Wall Mordechai (Suli) Eliav and met with lone soldiers from France, and said a personal prayer at the Western Wall. Then, he visited the new excavations at the Western Wall Plaza where he expressed interest over the new findings, and in the number of visitors to the Western Wall per year.
The Rabbi of the Western Wall thanked the President of France for his visit to the Western Wall noting that it conveyed appreciation for the Jewish nation's history and heritage, of which France is a part. He explained the power of the site for every Jew around the world, offering the example of every synagogue in France facing Jerusalem and the Western Wall when praying.
The Western Wall is a holy site. Please show respect to the site and those who pray here: Please refrain from eating, smoking, lighting candles and dress appropriately.On Jewish Sabbath and Holidays, refrain from using electronic devices, using amplification systems and taking pictures.
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.
הכותל המערבי, העיר העתיקה, ירושלים
A magical audio presentation that illustrates the chain of generations of the Jewish people and the eternal connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.
The Western Wall Prayer Plaza is open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day
The women's section in the Western Wall Tunnels closes on Fridays at 13:00 and opens again about 15 minutes before Shabbat begins.
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. But did you know that… Many important events took place on Mount Moriah, know later as Temple Mount.