General Information

Sep 11, 2019

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