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Sukkot in Jerusalem 2018 Events

Sukkot, considered one of the happiest times in the Jewish calendar, comes out 15 days after the Jewish new year and five days after Yom Kippur. It is the first harvest festival of the year and it also commemorates the 40 years of wandering the Israelites underwent in the desert on their way to Canaan, the promised land. During the time of the temples in Jerusalem, people came to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage (called an aliyah leregel – ascending by foot) for this festival with fruits and other gifts to offer as sacrifices in the temple.

Within an hour or two of the fast of Yom Kippur ending, you can hear hammering and drilling around town. Many of Jerusalem’s residents can be found jumping at the opportunity to begin preparing for the holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, by building their sukkot, the temporary structures in which Jews dwell for the seven days of the holiday.

To be exact, the last day, although attached to Sukkot, is a different holiday, namely Simchat Torah, the day that celebrates the completion of the annual cycle the reading of the Torah. It is commemorated with much singing and dancing at synagogues – and even on the streets – with Torah scrolls, throughout Jerusalem, Israel and the entire Jewish world.

This year Sukkot begins before sundown September 23 and it ends after sundown on September 30. Sukkot is one of the most vibrant times of year in Jerusalem. Here is an overview of the annual events that take place in Jerusalem over Sukkot. You are more than welcome to come and join in the festivities!

2018 Sukkot events will be updated as they become available.

Sukkot events in Jerusalem

Looking for a place to stay during the holiday? Check out the best hotels in Jerusalem that offer great deals and vacation packages for Sukkot!

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The Strawberry Festival at Ramat Rachel

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Have a red, sweet and mostly delicious Sukkot with a unique agricultural experience at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. Visit the Kibbutz’s delicious summer strawberry greenhouses and join a joyful “Pick Your Own” strawberry experience with active and creative stations for kids and adults.

When: October 8-10, 2017 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
Cost: Children – 30 ILS; Adults: 35 ILS
Buy Tickets: Official Site

Sukkot Celebration at Menachem Begin Heritage Center

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Discover the fascinating life of Menachem Begin through theatrical tours, creative arts workshops for children, an audiovisual tour around the museum, and a new exhibition celebrating 40 years to Begin’s Revolution. All of this at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center!

Find more details here>>

When: Oct. 8-10
Where: Menachem Begin Heritage Center, 6 Nahon St, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3290724

Celebrate Sukkot at the Jewish Quarter

“Sukkot Riddles” Festival

The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter is offering new and unique attractions for Chol HaMoed Sukkot! Meet the Bible heroes in a brand new virtual escape room! You’ll be given 3D glasses and a series of biblical dilemmas that you’ll have to resolve. In addition, guided Segway tours around the Davidson Center Archeological Park will be waiting for you to take a ride.

Looking for an authentic Sukka? You’ll find action-sukkot throughout the Jewish Quarter with activities for the whole family, such as: riddles, treasure hunt, wordsearch, and more (for free/for a nominal fee). You can also find Kleizmer live shows and a variety of theatrical guided tours around the different sites in the Jewish Quarter. Hasidic Orchestra will be performing daily (30 min after Arvit Prayer) at The Hurva Synagogue in honor of Simchat Beit Hashoeivah celebration.  Another two interesting activities during Sukkot are “The Mosaic Project” at the Cardo and “Touching the Moment” exhibition at the Davidson Center.

When: Oct. 8-10, 10 am – 6 pm
Where:
Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: Discounted tickets to all sites (including guided tours) – 10 ILS; Family tickets for 2 parents + unlimited no. of kids – 140 ILS : includes entrance to all sites + guided tours (advance registration) and paid activities; Escape room : children – 25 ILS, adults – 30 ILS; Segway Tour : children – 25 ILS, adults – 30 ILS (advance registration).

Exhibition: Jerusalem Moments

Celebrate 50 years to the unification of Jerusalem with The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter!  The exhibition displays 50 photos in different sizes that describe unique Jerusalem moments by artist Ezra Landau. The theme is unification and special moments happening around Jerusalem, creating interesting connections between worlds that are usually very far apart. Part of the exhibition is displayed at the Open Cardo and another part is shown at the Herodian Quarter.

When: Oct. 8-10, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Open Cardo & Herodian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
Cost: Open Cardo – free admission; Herodian Quarter – 10 ILS/per person.

Sukkot Family Celebration at East Jerusalem Development Ltd. – Tourist Sites in Convenient Prices

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The company for East Jerusalem Development invites you to celebrate Chol HaMoed Sukkot with your entire family! The company offers some of the best tourist attractions in the Jewish Quarter. Join a fascinating theatrical tour or take a self-guided tour around Zedekiah’s Cave. Admire the breathtaking views from the Northern and Southern routes of the Ramparts Walk surrounding the Old City, or challenge yourself with an extremely exciting outdoor rappelling adventure!

You can also sign up for an English tour about the Jerusalem origins of Christianity. The tour will depart from Mamilla street between October 8-9 at 9:00 pm. Sign up by phone: 072-3281859

When: October 8-10 at 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Zedekiah’s Cave, Ramparts Walk Northern Route, Ramparts Walk Southern Route.
Cost: From 10 ILS/per person

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Harvest Festival at Ein Yael

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A pilgrimage march, meeting tradesmen from ancient times, lots of workshops and activities for the family, street performers, theater tours and more

Where: Ein Yael, Jerusalem
When: October 8-10, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: 35-45 NIS
Contact: 072-328-1210

Sukkot at the Tower of David Museum

Photo by: Ricki Rachman

Photo by: Ricki Rachman

Children activties, discounts to the Night Spectacular, special events, tours and exhibitions at The Tower of David Museum.

  • Musical story-time, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (on the hour)
  • Discovering the secret spots of the Tower of David with a self-guided brochure
  • Museum guided tour and lookout point. From 10:30 am – 3:30 pm (on the hour)
  • For Adults: Conversation with poet Yosi Gazmo. October 8 at 4:00 pm
  • Pay extra 40 ILS and get a ticket to the Night Spectacular.

Where: The Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
When: October 8-10, 2017 at 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Children – FREE! Adults – 40 ILS.
Contact: 072-329-0715

Ammunition Hill Activities during Sukkot – Hol Hamoed

The Ammunition Hill memorial site will be celebration Sukkot holiday in a very unique and challenging manner, offering a wide range of activities both for children and adults. The site’s new museum will be displaying a new exhibit about the Six-Day War (in additional charge and advance registration), the famous canal labyrinth, the new memorial site, JerusaLens exhibition with the best photos of Jerusalem, Jerusalem garden and its beautiful green lawns and many more interesting surprises!

In addition, registration for Selichot tours is available every day during Hol Hamoed Sukkot between 8 -11 pm.

When: October 8-10, 2017 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Ammunition Hill, 5 Zalman Shragai St, Jerusalem
More details and advance registration: Tel. +972-72-3281861

Feast of Tabernacles

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Join thousands of people to the Feast of Tabernacles. People from all around the world come every year to Jerusalem to show their solidarity and support towards the Jewish nation in Israel. The event will include a musical program with special performances by Israeli and international artists and will be held at the new Pais Arena in Jerusalem.

When: October 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
October 7, 2017 at 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
October 8, 2017 at 07:45 am – 10:00 pm
October 11, 2017 at 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Where: Pais Arena, Jerusalem
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Hol Hamoed Activities at the Gazelle Valley Park

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Have an experiential Sukkot at the Gazelle Valley Park with tons of free activities for children and adults: live music shows, family workshops, tours and even a communal olive harvest!

When: October 8-10, 2017 at 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Gazelle Valley Park
Cost: Free
More details and advance registration: Tel. +972-72-3932794

Family Activties at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory

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Enjoy fresh air and nature activities at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory. Play hide and seek with birds; go out on a night safari adventure; learn about birds; and enjoy a large variety of tours and discussions.

Where: Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Rothschild, Jerusalem
When: October 8-10, 2017
Cost: From 15 ILS/visitor
Book tickets in advance: Tel. +972-72-3290761

Tours at the Visitor Center in Jerusalem Municipality

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The Authority of Quality of Service and the Visitor Center of the Jerusalem Municipality will organize guided tours at Safra Square during Chol HaMoed Sukkot. The tour will include visiting the City Hall and its historical buildings, meaningful statues, and fascinating street adornments.  There will also be a lookout on Jerusalem’s most ancient and newest neighborhoods and a visit to the Model House which displays a mini model of the City Center.

When: Oct 8-9. Hebrew tours: 11 am, 1 pm; English tour:  11 am; French tour: 12 pm.
Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
Cost: Free
Call for more info: 02-6295363 (advance registration is not required)

Annual Kite-Flying Festival at the Israel Museum

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Get into the holidays spirit with the 32nd Kite-Flying Festival in Jerusalem. The Israel Museum will be hosting kite-making workshops, crafts workshops under the Big Bambu, meet professional kite-flyers, kite-flying in the Art Garden (weather permitting). And all of this with some high quality live music playing in the background.

Where: The Israel Museum, Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem
When: October 10, 2017 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: 30-40 ILS, free entrance after 4:00 pm

Sukkot For Families at Latrun Park & Yad La-Shiryion

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Yad La-Shiryon & Latrun Park offer a wide range of new activities for both children and adults for Sukkot Hol HaMoed: Kids shows by the best Israeli children theatres, guided tours by Shiryon soldries at the Shiryon memorial site and museum, a unique laser tag compound, a Jerusalem Pilgrimage Tent and so much more!

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Where: Yad La-Shiryon, Latrun
When: Oct 6-10 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: 20-30 ILS
Call for more info: 072-3932839

Live the Bible

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Visiting the Jewish Quarter? Why not stop for a second and Live the Bible? This fun tourist attraction will take you back to the stories of the Bible through props and costumes that will make you experience the Bible from a new perspective altogether.

Where: 58 Chabad St, Jerusalem
When: During Sukkot & Hol Hamoed
Call for details: Tel. +972-72-3290723

Join the Jerusalem March

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Tens of thousands of Israelis and tourists, in particular Christian pilgrims, march through Jerusalem’s streets in support of Israel. The festive march starts at 3:30 pm and a large happening is open to all for free in Sacher Park throughout the afternoon.

Where: Locations around the city
When: October 10, 2017 at 7:00 am. Gathering at Gan Saker at 10:00 am. March: 3:30 pm (Nature activities by Mitchabrim Association will take place on October 9, click the link for more details)

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Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) at the Western Wall

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The mass priestly blessing at the Western Wall with the participation of Israel’s Cheif Rabbis and the Western Wall Rabbi.

Where: The Western Wall, Old City, Jerusalem
When: October 8, 2017 at 8:45-10:45 am

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Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival 2017

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Taking place in Abu Gosh, just outside of Jerusalem, the festival is comprised of around 80 masterpieces performed by over 800 local and global artists including soloists, choirs, ensembles and orchestras.

Where: Abu Gosh, Israel
When: October 11-14, 2017

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From Jerusalem to Sderot – Chol HaMoed Family Fun Day

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Celebrate Sukkot with the United States Ambassador to the State of Israel! The city of Sderot is hosting a citywide festival during Chol Hamoed Sukkot. Join thousands of people to an entire day of celebrations with a festive carnival, challenging zip-line, crazy rides and lots of fun. There will also be tours to rare locations, such as the terroist tunnels and the underground wall of Sderot.

Where: Sderot, Israel
When: October 8, 10:00 am – 6:00 PM

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Restaurants in Jerusalem

Looking for a good restaurant for Erev Chag? Here are some high-quality places that the city has to offer:

Piccolino, Italian simplicity with uncompromising quality, phone: 072-3281965
La Boca, A taste of Latin America in Jerusalem, phone: 072-3281201
Dolphin Yam, One of the most popular fish and sea food restaurants in Jerusalem, phone: 072-3281215
La Padella, A proper Israeli Mediterranean cuisine with influences from the food street scene, phone: 072-3932792
Olive & Fish, A retro modern culinary experience in a homely setting, phone: 072-23713894
Nahman, Italian-style cuisine at a high level, phone: 072-3281985
Lechem Basar, The passion for quality meat and delicious oven-baked bread combined, phone: 072-3281970

All Restaurants in Jerusalem

Accommodation in Jerusalem

Visiting Jerusalem for the holidays? Check out the city’s great variety of accommodation options:
Sukkot Special Offers & Deals
Hotels in Jerusalem
Value Hotels
Best Vacation Rentals in Jerusalem

Recommended Tourist Attractions

Take advantage of the holidays season to visit some of the best tourist attractions and historical landmarks in Jerusalem:

Night Spectacular: Sound & Light Show at The Tower of David MuseumThe Tower of David Museum
City of DavidWalking the Wall Ramparts: Southern Route
Tourist Attractions at The Jewish Quarter

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Photo credits:
Mel Brickman, Ilan Zaviv, Live the Bible, Amir Balban, Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Ammunition Hill