Purim 2018 in Jerusalem


The story of Purim told in the Book of Esther, which is traditionally read twice on Purim – once on the eve of Purim and once on the day of Purim – tells of King Ahasuerus who was convinced by his assistant Haman to destroy all the Jewish people in his kingdom. His new queen, Esther, and her cousin and/or husband Mordechai, collaborated to turn the fate of the Jewish people around, succeeding without one mention of God in the entire 10-chapter book.

And now…

“They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.” That is the theme of many of the Jewish holidays, and Purim is no exception, except in this case we also drink alcohol, give charity to needy people and give gifts of food to friends.

On Purim, in order to celebrate the complete turn-around of the Jews’ lot (in Hebrew pur – hence the name Purim) and of the hidden face of God in the story, we dress up in costumes and drink alcohol which both help us see the world from a different point of view.

In Jerusalem there are plenty of festivals and parties, some for families and children, some for those who want to go all out with their drinking, dressing up and dancing until they can no longer tell the difference between Haman (the bad guy in the story) and Mordechai (the good guy).

2018 Purim events will be updated as they become available

Family-friendly things to do on Purim in Jerusalem

There are plenty of Purim events, some free, some not, that are perfect for children and families. Many of the main museums in Jerusalem offer special activities for Purim.

Purim at Beit Avi Chai

Photo: Maoz Weistoff

Photo: Maoz Weistoff

Enjoy a Purim for the whole family at Beit Avi Chai with a special performance of “Shnay Hakovaim (The Two Hats),” a play about the hero who misplaced his hat and the comedic series of events that followed. Following the show, parents and children can learn to make costumes with matching hats in an arts and crafts workshop.

Where: 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
When: March 12, 2017 at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm; March 13, 2017 at 2:00 and 4:00 pm
Cost: 40 NIS for first child and 30 NIS for each additional child; adults get in free!
Tickets: Buy now! (Hebrew)
Contact: 072-3281853

Smart Tour Segway Tours


Get a unique look at the Purim festivities with a Segway tour of Jerusalem by Smart Tour. Along with the festivities, you’ll also get some breathtaking views of the city and the stories behind some of Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhoods.

Read more about Smart Tour and book a Segway tour!

Purim at Safra Square

This is the central Purim festival of the Jerusalem Municipality. It is a huge party that takes place in the municipality’s Safra Square, in between the Old City and from the city center. This colorful carnival includes Israeli television stars and beloved characters from fantasies and movies. The event includes a costume competition with prizes, a stage with an array of performances including puppet theater, clowns, a circus, creative workshops and more.

Where: Safra Square, the Jerusalem Municipality
When: March 13, 2017 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Purim at the Bloomfield Science Museum

Photo Sasson Tiram

Photo Sasson Tiram

Make a cool mask with moving parts, learn about the science behind magic and try to conquer the mirrored maze of deception at Jerusalem’s Science Museum.

Where: Sderot Hamuzeonim, Jerusalem
When: March 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: 45 NIS (kids under 5 get in free)
Contact: 02-6544888

Purim for the Whole Family at the Israel Museum

Arts and crafts workshops, a circus performance and much more for the whole family!

Where: The Israel Museum, 11 Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem
When: March 12-13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Contact: 02-6708811

The Race for Purim

Race from the Museum of Italian Jewish Art to the Tower of David Museum and conquer the various challenges along the way — event in Hebrew.

Where: Museum of Italian Jewish Art, 25 Hillel St, Jerusalem; The Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate
When: March 12-13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: 30 NIS (accompanying adult required for all children)
Tickets: Buy now!

Purim at the Islamic Art Museum.

Take advantage of free tours of the museum, costume and make-up workshops and a showing of “The Giant Turnip” in honor of Purim at the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art.

Where: 2 Hapalmach Street, Jerusalem
When: March 11 & 13 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: 25 NIS (children), 45 NIS (adults)
Contact: 02-5661291

Alma Zohar in a Concert for Kids at the Yellow Submarine

Where: The Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: March 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm (doors)
Cost: 60-70 NIS
Tickets: Buy now!

Purim parties in Jerusalem

There are plenty of parties to choose from for your Purim in Jerusalem. If you already celebrated Purim the day prior outside of Jerusalem, you may be partied-out but those of us committed to celebrating in Jerusalem will be fresh and ready to go… So, here you go!

Nahlaot Street Party

This is hands-down the street party of the year in Jerusalem. Don’t miss it!

Where: Nisim Bachar Street, Jerusalem
When: March 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
Cost: Free

Purim Rave in Sacher Park

One of the best annual parties in Jerusalem, this one starts at 10 in the morning and goes on indefinitely. There will be DJ’s and live shows with drum n’ bass, electro-Arab beats, techno, minimal, psychedelic, a cheap bar, food stalls and all of Jerusalem’s party people.

Where: Sacher Park, Jerusalem
When: March 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
Cost: Free

Abraham Hostel Purim party

Costumes, contests, music, dancing, face-painting and, of course, drinking at Jerusalem’s #1 hostel

Where: Abraham Hostel, 67 Hanvi’im Street, Jerusalem
: March 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Cost: 30 NIS
Tickets: Buy now!

When is Purim in Jerusalem?

The Hebrew date of Purim is the 14th of the month of Adar, starting the evening before. But! In Jerusalem and other “walled” cities, the holiday is celebrated one day after everyone else.