Jerusalem Day, or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew, is a commemoration of the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967. It is celebrated on the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar. After 2 years of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the festivities will be held as usual to mark the 55th anniversary of this historic event.So what awaits you on this special day? Official ceremonies, tours, tastings, and up to a festive parade, a lot of music, unique characters with a story, and everything Jerusalem has to offer. All in one, special day.
This year, Jerusalem celebrates the 55th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification. Special events, concerts, tours, live music, exhibitions, workshops, and many more surprises will take place throughout Israel during May.
Here is a quick guide to all the most important and exciting events, ceremonies, concerts, parades, and all other celebrations in Jerusalem.
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Jerusalem Day 2022 Events
Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem with the traditional Flag Dance MarchPhoto: Mandy Hechtman
As every year, the Flag Dance March will take place on Jerusalem Day: the event will begin at 4 PM with a joyful dance. It’ll continue along the various stages around the city center, through the gates of the Old City, and up to the march to the Western Wall. The highlight of the event – a rally attended by public figures will take place at the Western Wall Plaza.
Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to participate in the event, produced in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality. The event is open to the wide public, without no registration or payment required.
When? Sunday, May 29, 4-6 PM Where? City Center and Old Town
Shacharit Prayer at Armon Hanatziv PromenadeThis year Jerusalem Day is initiated with the traditional Shacharit prayer, led by cantor Zemer Heizzi Sofer, marking the 55th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem at the Hanatziv Palace Promenade. When? On Sunday, May 29th, from 8:00 AM. to 10: 00 AM Where? City Center and Old Town
Jerusalem of Joy: Performances in the Sultan's PoolCelebrating Jerusalem Day with a spectacular show, with performances by the best artists: Itay Levy hosting his uncle Aharon, Nasreen Kadri and Eden Meiri.
Tickets at discounted price - 55 NIS.
When? Sunday, May 29th, 8:30-10:30 PM Where? Sultan's Pool
"This is Jerusalem"Join a series of events of acceptance and connection, held to honor Jerusalem Day 2022.
During the whole week, you may enjoy various activities and tours combining art, music, education and discourse, creation, Shabbat ceremonial events, and more.
When? Sunday, May 29, 8:30-10:30 PM Where? Around the city, some events require prior booking
A festive prayer at the Western Wall for the 55th anniversary of the Liberation of JerusalemThis year, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the traditional and festive prayer at the Western Wall, held to mark the 55th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem. The prayer will be accompanied by the unfolding of a giant Israeli flag and dancing. The event is open to the public.
The prayer will be attended by the Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Mayor of Jerusalem Mr. Moshe Leon, the Rabbi of the Western Wall, and the Chief Rabbis.
When? Saturday, May 28, 8:15 PM Where? Western Wall Plaza
The Six-Day and the Unification of Jerusalem Heritage Center at the Ammunition HillPhoto courtesy: Ammunition Hill
The Ammunition Hill invites you to visit the Six-Day and the Unification of Jerusalem Heritage Center. In honor of Jerusalem Day, the Center will launch a series of events throughout the whole week of celebrations. The purpose of the events is to reminisce and share the story of the soldiers who became the liberators of Jerusalem.
"Warriors on the Walls" Stories of Warriors on the Walls of JerusalemAn exciting project initiated by the Ministry of Heritage, the Six-Day War, and the Unification of Jerusalem Heritage Center at the Ammunition Hill and in cooperation with the East Jerusalem Development Company. On the third day of the battles during the Six-Day War, the unbelievable dream came true. Ever since, the walls became a seam line and a border between the ancient and the new, the holy and the secular. The exciting tour provides a rare look at the streets of Jerusalem and an understanding of the processes that led to the unification of the city.
The tours will be led by senior instructors who will present part of the fighting story as a tribute to the fighters. Some tours will include a meeting with a warrior who was one of the liberators of Jerusalem, and others will feature a short documentary film about the warriors. Through those stories, we connect with these brief but timeless moments.
The tours will take place at a subsidized price of NIS 25 per person.
Where? Ammunition Hill, Shlomo Zalman Shergai 5
A "Story" of Heroism - Experiential tours at battle sitesTo mark the 55th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the Six-Day Heritage Center in Ammunition Hill presents a series of special tours focusing on the fascinating stories of heroism that led to the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.
You can also sign up for a variety of Ammunition Hill tours. The tours at a nominal price of NIS 10 per person.
Where? Tours are scattered throughout the city according to the details on the website (prior registration is required).
Jerusalem Week at Yad Vashem MuseumHolocaust History Museum (Photo courtesy of Yad Vashem)
"There are many museums in the world, but the source is here, at Yad Vashem. This is the heart and the soul of the Jewish memory..."
The Yad Vashem Museum invites you to take a fascinating tour around the Museum of the History of the Holocaust. During the visit, you’ll be able to see the various exhibits, and artworks created in the hiding and explore the woods and trails leading to the memorial sites and statues commemorating the story of the Holocaust.
The entrance to Yad Vashem is free but advance registration is required.
Admission to the Holocaust History Museum is for age 10 and up.
When? Sun-Thurs: 9 AM – 5 PM Fri: 9 AM – 2 PM. Saturdays: The museum is closed. The entrance to the museum is allowed up to an hour before closing. Where? Yad Vashem Museum, Mount of Remembrance
Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Tour Marathon 2022Ein Kerem and Muscovite at sunset (Photo: Eyal Chobata)
Yad Ben-Zvi is one of the prominent cultural and research institutions in Israel and in Jerusalem in particular. As part of the Institute's activities to educate about the settlement of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel, Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi offers tours that connect you in the most experiential way to one of the most beautiful and vivacious cities of Israel – Jerusalem.
On this Jerusalem day as well, Yad Ben-Zvi holds an annual tour marathon (the 25th!) It will span eight days and include more than a hundred different and fascinating tours that you can sign up for. The tours will take you to renowned sites and magical hidden gems throughout the beautiful and picturesque alleys of Jerusalem.
When? May 26-June 2, 2022. Where? Around the city
Singing to You Jerusalem - Musical tours for the whole family at the Menachem Begin Heritage CenterPhotograph: Menachem Begin Heritage Center
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center invites the whole family to experience a tour that consists of poetry and praise for the unification of Jerusalem. The streets of Jerusalem are soaked with history, breathtaking landscapes, stories, and songs – they are all around us. Join a special journey following the famous songs that were accompanying the historical events in the history of Jerusalem. The tour is accompanied by a musician-storyteller who’ll share anecdotes and songs, of course. The tour will depart each day from the Begin Center at 4:30 PM.
After the tour, you are invited to enjoy a combined visit to the Begin Center and a special audiovisual tour highlighting the story of Menachem Begin. There’s a new exhibition at the center, called "Begin, A Closer Look". It provides a different and intriguing glimpse of Begin, from his private and public life alike.
The musical tours cost 10 NIS, held in cooperation with the Jerusalem Development Authority.
When? May 29th – June 2nd, Sunday-Thursday, at 4:30 a.m. Where? Begin Center, Sh.A. Nakhon 6
Additionally, the Begin Center will host a festive performance of the Jerusalem Melody Ensemble in honor of Jerusalem Day. The show will feature psalms, prayer, and poetry in a harmonious and rhythmic presentation, bringing together singalongs, ancient melodies, and new rhythms, turning the showrooms into prayer halls.
The show is offered for a special cost of 60 NIS.
When? Sunday, May 29th. Doors open at 8 PM, the event start at 8:30 PM, estimated to finish at 10 PM. Where? Begin Center, Sh.A. Nakhon 6
Jerusalem at the Movies - Jerusalem Week comes to CinemathequePhoto: From the collection of the Israeli Film Archive, Jerusalem Cinematheque
As part of Jerusalem Week, the Jerusalem Cinematheque will host a week of lectures, tours, and films. The program will include inside and outside views of the city, presented by the apocalyptic movie "World War Z" starring Brad Pitt, a fascinating tour with the celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi on a culinary-cinematic tour of the city's alleys, and adventures in the city spaces in"Someone to Run With."
Additionally to the films, the program reveals the treasures of the Israeli Film Archive. The cellars of the Cinematheque will open for a series of tours that will include an archival overview of the city, conversations with experts and famous Jerusalem, discussion of various themes. The archive will display some of the audio and visual treasures of Israeli films that have represented Jerusalem over the years, from the inception of Israeli cinema, news broadcasts, and up to the present day.
Outside the building, tours will follow the city's lost cinemas, the city's outsiders, Jerusalem between Holy and Sand, and memories of the Kiryat Shmuel neighborhood. The tours are free of charge, pre-registration is required, and a ticket price for the event films – is 25 NIS
When? May 26-31, daily from 6 PM, Friday from 10 AM Where? 11 Hebron Road
Celebrating Jerusalem at the Biblical ZooA visit to the Biblical Zoo (Photo: Biblical Zoo PR)
The Biblical Zoo, one of Israel's most popular attractions, is located in a pastoral valley in southwest Jerusalem, giving the animals living there a warm and loving home. In the zoo, you’ll see a variety of experiential activities for children and adults alike, along with enriching information about every animal.
As part of Jerusalem Week, there will be special tours, such as an overnight tour of the Jerusalem zoo, a sunset tour around the history of the park, mobile photography workshops and a mobile navigation among the animals game for the whole family.
When? Sunday-Thursday: 9 AM to 7 PM Friday: 9 AM – 4 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM Where? Biblical Zoo, via Aaron Shulov 1
Celebrating Jerusalem Week at Israel AquariumIsrael Aquarium (Photo: Ilan Ziv)
Just next to the Biblical Zoo you'll find the Israel Aquarium. This is a unique center that showcases the marine habitats in Israel. It is dedicated to conservation, research, education, and raising public awareness about the preservation of the sea and beaches.
The visit to the aquarium runs through the four seas in Israel - the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea. Along with it, you will get to see over 250 species of animals that inhabit the sea. Visitors to the Israel Aquarium during Jerusalem Week will enjoy a series of fascinating meetings with Jerusalem entrepreneurs and artists who will share with the audience their work in Jerusalem, regarding environmental protection and sustainability.
Additionally, there will be a conversation with the artist Beverley Emerald, who is currently presenting her art exhibition 'Land of Poetics' at the aquarium. She will talk about her unique work and the choice to present it in the aquarium. Each evening there will be a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium uncovering all the secrets, and giving explanations about the inner work, including feedings with the swimmers. Finally, a "Photography in the Dark" workshop will be held, providing tools for visitors on how to take photos in the aquarium and how to handle the challenges of photography on site.
When? Sunday-Thursday: 9 AM – 7 PM Friday: 9 AM – 4 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM Where? Israel Aquarium, via Aharon Shulov 3
A Taste of Jerusalem-Jerusalem Week in the City of DavidHallelujah-City of David Night Show
The City of David National Park is a historic site and a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Jerusalem.
The City of David invites you to come and watch its flagship show, "Hallelujah" during Jerusalem week. The show presents a spectacular light show, projected with groundbreaking technology on top of the antiquities, telling the story of Jerusalem's revival. Alongside the show, the City of David offers the opportunity to enjoy a culinary experience in a unique food market of the best chefs in Jerusalem. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.
When? 16:00 – 23:00 Where? City of David National Park
Farm in the Valley: Soaking up nature in the ValleyJerusalem Walls National Park-The Farm in the Valley (Photo: Eliyahu Yanai)
A short walk from the First Station Complex, at the foot of the Old City Walls, lies a hidden treasure of nature: the Ben Hinnom Valley Farm in the National Park around the walls of Jerusalem. The farm works throughout the year to preserve the ancient agricultural crafts according to the seasons, as in ancient times. There are activities such as olive-picking, grape-treading, picking, agricultural construction, and honey-grazing. The magical farm is a captivating wilderness with seasonal vegetables, fruit trees, wheat fields, and all kinds of herbs. In honor of Jerusalem Day, throughout the month of May, there is a Friday fair called "Friday on the Farm" serving hummus, beers, and an amazing Jerusalem Friday atmosphere.
Admission to the site is free. Additional activities can be booked for a fee.
Where? Jerusalem Walls National Park, Dror Eliel, Jerusalem
Jerusalem Jewish Quarter SitesThe Hurva Synagogue (image courtesy of the Borough Archive)
Jerusalem Week in the Jewish Quarter offers a special tour, and a visit to the various attractions of the quarter, including:
- A journey through 3,000 years of history within two hours – the amazing story of the Jewish Quarter that will uncover inspiring tales, hidden alleys, and much more.
- The audio experience in the Davidson Center's Archaeological Garden - A unique audio experience that you can access on your mobile device. Hear some ancient voices two thousand years old in this immersive and authentic experience. In the archaeological Garden, you’ll see remnants of Jerusalem from the Second Temple era: the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, the remains of the Robinson Arch, the steps to the Huldah Gates, the Mikvah Tahara (cleansing baths) that were used by those who ascended the Mountain, the Herodian Street and more.
- The Hurva synagogue, first built in 1700 by the Hasidim of Rabbi Yehuda, was burnt in 1720 and destroyed to the ground. It was rebuilt in 1864 and became a symbol of the renewed settlement in Palestine. The synagogue was destroyed for the second time in 1948 by the Jordanians, and its destruction meant no more Jewish presence in the city. In 1973, after the Jewish quarter had reunited with the State of Israel, a temporary commemorative arch was erected over the ruins of the synagogue, and the place became once again a symbol of the renewal of the Jewish quarter. After restoration and construction in 2006, the "Hurva" synagogue was completed.
- Audiovisual Installation: Museum of the Burnt House (Katros House) -A magnificent structure discovered during the excavations of the" Upper City". The name is given because it is a unique testament to the destruction and burning of Jerusalem by the Romans in the first century. The audiovisual installation depicts and illustrates life during the turbulent time, days before the destruction. The film is screened every 40 minutes, starting at 10:00 in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and French.
When? 4 PM – 11 PM Where? The Jewish Quarter