General Information

Dec 13, 2017

Chanukah Candle-Lighting 5778

Like in previous years, Chanukah candles will be lit every night at the Western Wall Plaza, the site closest to where the Chanukah miracle took place. The candles will be lit in a magnificent menorah generously donated by George Rohr of the United States.
The bronze menorah is over 2 meters high and two meters wide, weighs one ton, and took about seven months to create.
The Chanukah candles will be lit with olive oil using special weather-proof utensils allowing the menorah to remain lit throughout the night. The menorah will be placed on a new and lit stage.
Chanukah candle-lighting will take place every evening of Chanukah at 4:30pm, on Saturday night at 7:00pm, and on Friday at 3:30pm.


Date Prayer Plaza Western Wall Tunnels, Opposite the Holy of Holies Upper Plaza

First night, Tuesday 24 Kislev (12/12)

The Rishon L'Zion and Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Yitzchak Yosef, Shlita


Oded Plus, Director General of Religious Services Ministry Inspector General Ronny Alsheich
Second night, Wednesday 25 Kislev (13/12)

Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, the Rishon Lezion and chief rabbi of Jerusalem


Rabbi Nachum Cohen. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, and US Ambassador to Israel Mr. David Friedman.
Third night, Thursday 26 Kislev (14/12)

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman Shlita Rabbi of Migdal Ha'Emek


Rabbi Moshe Dagan, Director General of Israel's Chief Rabbinate Minister Gila Gamliel, the Ministry for Social Equality
Fourth night, Friday 27 Kislev (15/12)

Rabbi Aharon Bina Shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh


Efraim Holtzberg

Rabbi David Azoulay, Minister of Religious Affairs
Fifth night, Saturday night, 28 Kislev (16/12)

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


Rabbi Nachman Kahana
Sixth night, Sunday, 29 Kislev (17/12)

Rabbi Yehuda Deri Shlita, Rabbi of the City of Be'er Sheva


Rabbi Shimon zeivald

Seventh night, Monday 30 Kislev (18/12)

Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita, Rabbi of the city of Jerusalem


Rabbi Yehoshua rahamim Shlita Mr. Eli Gruner the director of the Prime Minister’s office
Eighth night, Tuesday 1 Tevet (19/12) Chief Rabbi David Lau Shlita Rabbi Yisrael Gafner Mr. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem