IsraelB’s Jerusalem Day Guide for EVERYONE – Have a meaningful and fun day!

It’s Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day, this coming Motsei Shabbat / Sunday. It’s a day when we can reflect on how lucky we are to be able to live freely in Jerusalem and enjoy all the culture and religion here.

Here is all the information you need to have a meaningful and interesting day. For more ideas and readings about Jerusalem, look at the IsraelB website where I will be posting articles tomorrow and Sunday.

Events and activities on from Shabbat until Sunday evening: 

Special prayers (davening) on Sunday morning with the OU CenterClick on here for details.

Shabbat activities and Special prayers (davening) on Motsei ShabbatClick on here.

Neighbourhood events for Yom YerushalayimClick on here.

Fun in Jerusalem – What’s on for families and kids?  – Click on here.

More general events from the Jerusalem municipality website.

Jerusalem Day Events – Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel

​To mark 51 years of reunification, many events will be held throughout the city and its neighborhoods, including shows, tours, musical performances, colorful parades, ceremonies and more.

On Sunday, May 15, 2018, we will celebrate 51 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. During the week, between the dates of May 13, 2018- May 17, 2018, the Jerusalem Municipality will mark these celebrations with a variety of events and performances throughout the city, for the benefit of the city’s residents and visitors.

On Jerusalem’s festive day, Galgalatz’s Transparent Studio will broadcast from the Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall between the hours of 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with Galgalatz’s leading artists, singers, and broadcasters.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: “Fifty-one years have passed since Jerusalem was reunited for all eternity, and this year we will mark this occasion with a variety of events throughout the city and its neighborhoods, which will allow more and more groups of people to connect to Jerusalem and take part in the festivities. I invite all the residents of Jerusalem, its visitors and devotees, to come celebrate and to enjoy the abundance of events on the festive day of the capital of Israel. ”

​A Thanksgiving Assembly at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva

Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 8:30 PM

A festive prayer and a mass dance.

A festive reception by the Mayor and Mrs. Barkat on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city

from 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. Admission is free.

The Mayor of Jerusalem and Mrs. Barkat invite the city’s residents and visitors to a festive reception at the Tower of David Museum, on the occasion of the 51st anniversary of the city’s reunification.

The program includes:

Personalities from historical and present-day Jerusalem, a guided tour and a view of the landscape. Jerusalem-themed activity areas and guided tours throughout the museum.

Performances by the Jerusalem Orchestra East and West Together, with the singer Kobi Aflalo.

The mayor and his wife will greet the guests from 3:30-5:30 PM. The general public is invited.

The museum is open to the public from 12: 00 PM-6:00 PM. Admission is free.

For more details:

Student Day – Student Day Festival in Sacher Park

from 8:01 PM

The student unions in the city, in cooperation with the Culture Department of the Jerusalem Municipality, will hold the Jerusalem Student Festival at a huge event with performances by the best artists in Sacher Park:

Opening performance–Lucille Crew

HaTikvah 6

Eden Ben Zaken

HaDag Nahash, hosting Hanan Ben Ari

Balkan Beat Box


Silent Disco – Download the Deezer application for free, and also enjoy a crazy silent disco! (It is recommended that you download it in advance at the link

To purchase tickets:

For students: At the Student Union offices on campus

For visitors: By phone at *6226, or from the website


A Unique Celebration – Jerusalem Day, 70 Years of the State of Israel

at 8:00 PM.

In the city center, there will be a big event with the best Israeli artists participating.

Admission is free – details to be announced later.


Hora Jerusalem presents “Barefoot Homeland”

at 7:30 PM at the Jerusalem Theater

A special performance marking Jerusalem Day – dancing Israeli culture.

Sherover Theater Hall – Jerusalem Theater

Ticket price: 25 NIS–

Tours at the Jerusalem Municipality Visitor Center – Free of Charge

the hours of: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

The Quality of Service Authority and the Visitors Center of the Jerusalem Municipality invite the public to guided tours of the Jerusalem Municipality on the occasion of the 51st anniversary of the city’s reunification on Jerusalem Day.

The tours will be held in Hebrew at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, and in English and French at 11:00 AM.

A tour about the city’s borders between the years 1948-1967, pictures in stone, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, mayors and IDF parades. A spectacular view from City Hall, and entrance to the model of the city – The Model House.

Tours for individuals and families free of charge. Duration of the tour: 90 minutes

Meeting place: Safra Square, opposite Building No. 3, in the Pillows Area. Duration of the tour: About 1½  hours

The tours are free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

Shacharit Prayer along the Armon HaNaziv Promenade- “Olamiyah” Courtyard Plaza

at 8:00 AM

On Sunday May 13th at 8:00 AM, a festive morning prayer will be held at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade in honor of Yom Yerushalayim on the city’s festive day.

Hallel prayer with the melodies of Chizki Sofer and guests, in the Carlebach style.


“Flag Dance” Parade – Prayer and Assembly at the Western Wall

May 13, 2018, 28th Iyar 5778 from 4: 30 PM -10: 00 PM

The march takes place every year on Jerusalem Day starting from 4:30 PM. The march is accompanied by dancing, singing and waving Israeli flags and is produced by the “Am KeLavi” Association. Each year, the number of marchers reaches tens of thousands of people from all over the country and the world.

The Flag Dance parade ends with a festive ceremony at the Western Wall Plaza, including prayer and an assembly.

Event Schedule:

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dancing – Meeting on Bezalel Street and Independence Park.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Procession

8:00 PM – 10:30 PM:  An assembly at the Western Wall plaza


A Thanksgiving Assembly at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 28th Iyar 5778 at 6:30 PM

A thanksgiving assembly to mark the 51th anniversary of the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, in the presence of the Chief Rabbis, Ministers, Heads of Yeshivot, MKs and public figures.


Ceremonies and Official State Events:

12:00 PM– A memorial service for the Ethiopian community on Mount Herzl

Official memorial service in memory of Ethiopian Jews on Mount Herzl.

2:00 PM– Official memorial service for the fallen soldiers of the Six Day War on Mount Herzl

Official ceremony for Yom Yerushalayim – Official memorial service for the fallen soldiers of the Six Day War.

4:00 PM– Memorial services for the combatants

Memorial services for the combatants near the Paratroopers’ Memorials and the assembly of veterans of the Paratroopers Brigade and the soldiers will be held at Ammunition Hill and at the monuments:

Ammunition Hill, Wadi Joz, Derech Shechem, Lions’ Gate, and the Rockefeller Museum.

7:45 PM–An official ceremony commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem on Ammunition Hill

An official ceremony to mark 51 years since the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, in the presence of the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, government ministers, the Mayor, the Chief Of Staff, the police commissioner and the bereaved families.

The program includes lighting bonfires of the different combat brigades, and an artistic performance.

Entrance to invitees only.


​A Ceremony Presenting the Yakirei Yerushalayim Award at the Tower of David Museum, Marking the 51st Anniversary of the Reunification of the City– at 8:00 PM

Ceremony bestowing the “Yakir Yerushalayim” (= Honorable Citizen of Jerusalem) Award, in the presence of the Mayor.

This year, twelve Jerusalem residents will receive the “Yakir Yerushalayim” award. And, in addition, this year a Yakir Yerushalayim Industrialist Award and a Yakir Bonei Yerushalayim Award will be bestowed.

The award is given to people who have influenced and contributed to the lives of all residents of the city.

The event is for invitees only.

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