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Sukkot in Jerusalem 2019 Events

Sukkot in Jerusalem 2019 Events and exact dates will be updated as soon as they become available. Meanwhile, you can check out last year’s 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!

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Sukkot Events in Jerusalem

Museums & Attractions

Celebrate Sukkot at the Jewish Quarter

The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter is offering unique family-friendly attractions and activities for Chol HaMoed Sukkot!

  • Guided tours (every day on the hour) for children at the Jewish Quarter sites, including entry. The tours are 50 ILS per person. Free for JTicket holders. Visitors will enjoy the JTicket option during Chol HaMoed. The JTicket is a combined travel ticket offering lower prices on a variety of attractions. It is perfect for families who want to travel and explore the city during the holiday and look for ways to lower the costs. Tickets can be purchased at the company’s website and the Jewish Quarter sites. JTicket is valid only during Chol HaMoed. Entry to sites are limited – one entrance per site.
  • 4 sites/attractions/activities of your choice, from the following list: Burnt House, Herodian Quarter, Hurva Synagogue, Israeli Tower, Old Yishuv Court Museum, Bible Experience, Western Wall Squad, Live the Bible, The Four Sephardic Synagogues, and Davidson Center.

In addition to the entry to the quarter’s sites, visitors will enjoy two additional workshops at no extra cost:

  • The Hurva Synagogue will be hosting an interactive musical workshop on the Ramban roof. Participants will go on an experiential journey after the world’s different percussion instruments while getting familiarized with the rhythm of the Middle East.
  • The Herodian Quarter will be hosting a Sukkot musical workshop for families, where you can sing along and learn the holiday’s best tunes and their relation to ancient traditions.

Family Sukkot JTicket tickets will be sold during Chol HaMoed. Tickets cover a family tickets for a couple + 2 kids for 175 ILS and a family ticket for a couple + 3 kids for 275 ILS.

When: September 25-27, 10 AM – 8 PM
Where:
Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: up to 275 ILS for the whole family, including all activities and workshops.

Check the Jewish Quarter tours>>

Extreme Sukkot at the Old City

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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!

Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, a hat, and water.

When: September 25-27, 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: Zedekiah’s Cave – Sultan Suliman Street; Ramparts Walk (both routes) – Jaffa Gate
Cost: Self-track – 10 ILS; Extreme track – 30 ILS

Contact the Southern Ramparts: 

Contact the Northern Ramparts:

Contact Zedekia’s Cave: 

Happy Sukkot at City of David

צילום: עיר דוד

Photo: City of David

City of David is one Jerusalem’s most visited attractions and they have tons of fascinating activities and surprises for the whole family. So what’s waiting for you?

King of the Valley Festival

Join a unique festival at Kidron Valley. The festival will host arts and crafts workshops and activities for children, such as: flute making, mosaic making, pita bread baking, camel riding, and free tours for the whole family exploring the most famous stories about Jerusalem and the City of David.

When: September 25-27, 11 AM – 5:30 PM

Archeological Experience at Zurim National Park

Become an archeologist for a day at the Emek Tzurim Archeological Park, located in the City of David. Visitors have already discovered plenty of valuable findings, including an ancient Egyptian amulet from the Pharaonic Period and rare pieces of jewelry. However, there is so much more to discover – come and help unfold history!

Attractions at City of David National Park

Plenty of great attractions during Chol HaMoed at City of David National Park:

Adventurous Tour of the biblical City of Daviddetails & booking
Peace Forest Segway Toursdetails & booking
From the City of David to the Corner of the Western Wall – A time travel tour – details & booking
Halleluiah – Nighttime Light Show on the Old City Walls – details & booking

Sukkot at the Tower of David Museum

Photo by: Ricki Rachman

Photo by: Ricki Rachman

The Tower of David Museum celebrates Sukkot with a large variety of family and kid-friendly activities:

  • Participate in a paper craft workshop in the spirit of Sukkot. 11 AM – 5 PM. Admission is free.
  • Purchase a personal action kit and go on interesting and challenging missions while exploring the museum. For ages 5-10. The kit costs 10 ILS. (get the kit at the museum’s box office during working hours)
  • Take an active guided tour around the main exhibition and learn about the statues and the figures. The tour takes place on the hour, from 11 AM – 5 PM and takes about an hour. Admission is free. Suitable for ages 5-12.
  • Join an extraordinary VR tour around the Old City and experience Jerusalem as if you were a pilgrim in the days of Herod the Great. Get tickets here!
  • Visit the new King David Light Show! An unprecedented international and artistic attraction, which unfold the life story of King David. Get tickets here!
  • Watch the museum’s classic Night Spectacular, which screens the story of ancient Jerusalem on top of David Citadel walls. Get tickets here!

When:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9 AM – 6 PM (entrance closes at 5 PM)

Fridays & Holiday Eves: 9 AM – 2 PM *Closed on September 28

Saturdays & Holidays: 9 AM – 4 PM

Where: The Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: Children – FREE! (not including VR tour)

Sukkot with Herzl at Herzl Museum

Photo: Herzl Museum

120 year ago, Herzl visited Jerusalem during Sukkot holiday. Herzl Museum celebrates this historic event and welcomes everyone to join a variety of different attractions and activities. Your visit to the museum will include the museum’s audiovisual experience, a travelling show, a photoshoot at Herzl’s balcony, and an interactive learning experience.

When: September 25-28, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Herzl Museum, Herzl Avenue, Jerusalem
Prices:

  • Museum admission: adults – 30 ILS; seniors & children (6 and up) – 24 ILS
  • Travelling show: adults – 25 ILS; seniors & children (6 and up) – 25 ILS
  • Museum + Show: adults – 45 ILS; seniors & children (6 and up) – 40 ILS

Ammunition Hill Activities during Sukkot – Chol HaMoed

The Ammunition Hill memorial site welcomes you to enjoy plenty of sukkot activities:

  • Guided tour at the Ammunition Hill site, the museum, the tunnels, and the bunkers. The tour includes an audiovisual display. For ages 13 and up.
  • Kids’ activities: challenge track inside the hill’s tunnels, musical story time, and crafts and make up workshops at a sukkah.

When: September 25-27, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Ammunition Hill, 5 Zalman Shragai St, Jerusalem
Cost: adults – 25 ILS; children – 30 ILS. Reserve for a special family price.

If you wish to meet with the fighters of the 1967 war, join a special event that will take place during Sukkot and hear the stories firsthand!

This meeting will take place on September 26, 5 PM – 7 PM. Admission is 25 ILS for children and 30 ILS for adults. Recommended for ages of 13 and up. 

Night Harvest at Beit Avi Chai

Beit Avi Chai is celebrating Sukkot with a unique musical event: a live concert of Alon Eder featuring Daniela Spektor and Shlomo Gronich in a traditional Hoshana Rabbah celebration.

Get Tickets Here! 

When: September 29, 12:45 AM
Where: Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
Cost: 28 ILS

Tours at the Visitor Center in Jerusalem Municipality

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Photo: Jerusalem Municipality Visitor Center

The Authority of Quality of Service and the Visitor Center of the Jerusalem Municipality invites you to join 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: September 25 – Hebrew & English: 11 AM; Hebrew only: 1 PM
September 26 – Hebrew & English: 11 AM; French: 12 PM; Hebrew only: 1 PM
Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
Cost: Free
Call for more info: 02-6295363 (advance registration is not required)

Sukkot at Bloomfield Science Museum

The Science Museum in Jerusalem is preparing some cool scientific activities for all ages for the upcoming Sukkot holiday! What to expect: scientific demonstrations, building workshops for different age groups, museum tours, agricultural exhibition “The Fields of Tomorrow”, the new “On the Edge” exhibition, and a 3D Movie for children and parents with butterflies, bees, and birds.

When: During Chol HaMoed. We recommend calling and scheduling your visit.
Where: Bloomfield Science Museum, Museum Row, Givat Ram, Jerusalem

Children’s Sukkot at the Cinematheque

Photo: Jerusalem Cinematheque PR

Jerusalem Cinematheque invites the whole family to enjoy a fascinating and fun series of talks and screenings of animated movies from all around the globe.

View the list of films and talks and get your tickets here>>

Theatrical Tours at the Hebrew Music Museum

Photo: Hebrew Music Museum

The Hebrew Music Museum is back with new theatrical tours! Join a musical time-travel journey that features different costumes and characters from all around the globe. Enjoy musical presentations of 250 unique and rare instruments displayed at the museum. Listen to songs, melodies and fascinating stories that reveal the history of the Hebrew music. Suitable for the entire family.

When: September 24 – October 1, 09:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Thursdays until 9 PM and Fridays until 2 PM. Closed on Saturdays. Book your visit in advance.
Cost: regular – 50 ILS; seniors/kids (ages 5 and up) – 40 ILS; students – 35 ILS; soldiers – 30 ILS.
Where: Hebrew Music Museum, 12 Yoel Moshe Solomon Street, Jerusalem

Annual Kite-Flying Festival at the Israel Museum

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Photo: Ilan Zaviv

Get into the holidays spirit with the 33rd Kite-Flying Festival in Jerusalem. Every year kite enthusiasts from all around the country gather at the Israel Museum for a special event dedicated to kite-building and kite-flying. The Israel Museum will be hosting kite-making workshops in the morning and afternoon hours. The day’s highlight is a large kite-flying experience, where the museum’s skies turn into a colorful carpet of shapes and freedom. 

Where: The Israel Museum, Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem
When: September 25, 10 AM – 6 PM
Cost: 30-40 ILS, free entrance after 4:00 pm

A Festival of Writing at the Bible Lands Museum

Photo: Molly Kai

The Bible Lands Museum has a very special festival for Sukkot: a festival dedicated to the art of writing and the beauty of the written word. Explore the ancient Hebrew writing through tours, workshops, and fascinating activities in the spirit of the holiday with the whole family.

Where: 21 Shmuel Stefan Wise Street, Jerusalem
When: September 25-27 from 10 AM
Cost: adults/children – 32 ILS; seniors – 22 ILS; members – free.

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 & Chol HaMoed

Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival 2018

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Head to the beautiful village of Abu Gosh to experience a fascinating musical adventure – the Abu Gosh 54th Music Festival. Enjoy fresh air, classical music and incredible vocal performances at Abu Gosh’s picturesque churches.

Where: Abu Gosh, Israel
When: September 28 – October 1

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Nature & Outdoor Activities

Sukkot at Montefiore Windmill

Visit the newly reopened Montefiore Windmill, which hosts the Jerusalem Wineries Visitor Center! Check out these special activities for Sukkot:

  • A kosher and furnished sukkah
  • A new café with panoramic views of the Old City and Mishkanot Sha’ananim
  • Wine tastings throughout the day and unique benefits
  • Film screening: The Windmill at the Visitor Center
  • Guided Tours
  • Challenging Escape Park

When: September 25-27, 9 AM – 9 PM
Where: Bloomfield Avenue, Jerusalem

Jerusalem Knights Festival

Photo: Marina Litvinov

Jerusalem Knights Festival present a new and interesting theme this year: When Medieval knights meet ninjas! The visitors will enjoy a unique tournament that has never been seen before, fascinating workshops and activities for the whole family:

  • Bow & Arrow class
  • Pita-bread making in a tabun oven
  • Historic fencing class
  • Arts & crafts workshops
  • Japanese workshops: sumo, drawing on water, origami, traditional Japanese scroll making, Japanese handheld fan making.

All workshops are included in admission! 

When: September 29-30, 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost: presale – 75 ILS; box office – 90 ILS
Where: Ein Yael Museum, Jerusalem

“The Best Collection” – A Show by the Train Theater at Beit Levi Eshkol

Beit Levi Eshkol invites you to visit a unique show by the Train Theater that presents a nature collection made of leaves, clouds, water, soil, and simple objects that connect us to the environment.

Children will explore nature and create new worlds of magic and entertainment through an unforgettable morning activity.

Book your visit in advance. Tours are for ages 6 and up. The show is for ages 4-8.  

When: September 26, 10:30 AM
Cost: children – 30 ILS; adults – 10 ILS
Where: Beit Levi Eshkol, 46 Ben Mimon Avenue, Jerusalem

Chol HaMoed at The First Station

צילום: מתחם התחנה הראשונה

Photo: The First Station

Looking for cool (and free) family-friendly activities? The First Station has the perfect Sukkot program for you:

  • Salsa party
  • Latin party
  • Shlomo Artzu tribute concert
  • Gazoz & Kaveret tribute concert

When: September 24-29
Cost: Free!
Where: The First Station, 4 David Remez Street, Jerusalem

Harvest Festival at Ein Yael

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The harvest festival in Ein Yael Active Museum is a true celebration that gets a deep layer of meaning during the Sukkot holiday. The museum welcomes the whole family to take part in a variety of activities and experiences: walk around the museum and experience the daily life of ancient Israel, take a bow and arrow workshop, bake pita bread in a real tabun oven, learn how to decorate a sukkah, weave a basket, see a play, take a tour, enjoy the petting zoo, and more!

Where: Ein Yael, Jerusalem
When: September 25-27, 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: children – 45 ILS; adults – 35 ILS

Join the Jerusalem March

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The Jerusalem March is one of Israel’s most colorful and vibrant events that take place during the holiday of Sukkot. Tens of thousands of Israelis and tourists are expected to join the march this year in support of Israel. There will be three main events throughout the day: 3 morning marches, a festive happening at Sacker Park and a festive march through the streets of Jerusalem, led by Mayor Nir Barkat.

Read more >>

When: September 27 at 7:00 AM. Festive Happening at Gan Saker at 10:00 AM. March: 3:00 PM

For information regarding street closures, parking restrictions and traffic disruptions, call 106 for the City Call Center or *8787 for Kol-Kav Call Center.    

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 Chief Rabbis and the Western Wall Rabbi.

Where: The Western Wall, Old City, Jerusalem
When: September 26, 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Read more >>

Free Tours at Lifeline for the Old

Looking for a unique gift in the spirit of the holiday? Head to the artisan workshops at Lifeline for the Old. The center provides a creative environment for the elderly where they design and craft beautiful items with their own hands. Visit the center and enjoy talking to the artists as well as watching them as they work on their art. At the end of your tour, check the gift shop, which features a variety of unique Judaica and handicrafts, all made by the elderly artisans.

Where: 14 Shivtei Israel Street, Jerusalem

Send an inquiry to Lifeline for the Old

 

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Recommended Tourist Attractions

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

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

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Where music meets culinary excellence in downtown Jerusalem Read more
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Burger + Fries + Beer for 55 ILS!
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  • 072-3385045
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  • 072-3944494
  • 1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem
An authentic mehadrin kosher-dairy Italian restaurant in the picturesque Nahalt Shiva neighborhood Read more
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  • 12 Mevo Beit David Street, Jerusalem
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