Jewish Event Calendar

Event Calendar

Oct 10, 2019

ברכת כהנים

Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) Chol HaMoed Succot

Oct 09, 2019

Mi K’Amcha Yisrael

Mi K’Amcha Yisrael

Mi K’Amcha Yisrael

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites


The Talmud describes that even the Ruler of the Universe puts on His own tefillin. And the verse “וּמִי כְּעַמְּךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל גּוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ” - And who is like Your people Israel, one nation in the world – is written in these tefillin. Rabbi Levy Yitzhak of Berditchev, of blessed memory, would quote the Talmud while standing to pray for Am Yisrael and plead to Hashem “A Jew who drops his tefillin, immediately picks them up, kisses them and strokes them. See that Your tefillin, Am Yisrael, are falling – will You not pick them up immediately, kiss them and stroke them?”

I am sure that Rabbi Levy of Berditchev envisioned the entire Jewish Nation standing together in prayer. And here, we have merited that two hundred years later we are living – not envisioning – the tens of thousands of Jewish People standing together in prayer. More than one million people came from all over the world to say Selichot at the Western Wall. Men and women, young and old - one nation in the world, as one man in one heart.

This picture, taken on the last night of Selichot, on the eve of Yom Kippur (credit: Yisrael Bardugo), speaks of a greater truth than thousands of words. This picture describes the true and deep connection between Am Yisrael and Hashem, together with His heritage and Holy City. I am placing this picture before the Divine, and pleading that which King Solomon did in his time: “That Your eyes may be open toward this house … to listen to the prayer.” See, Lord of the Universe, see Your sons and daughters, standing united at the Western Wall and calling out Your name with one heart. This is the true heartbeat of the Jewish People, and it is deeper than any fight or dispute. Forgive us, pardon us, and bless us with a good year.


Chag Sameach.

Oct 06, 2019

Chairman of the Jewish Agency

Chairman of the Jewish Agency

Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Mr. Isaac Herzog, in a special Selichot tour at the Western Wall before Yom Kippur, together with a group of Olim, new immigrants to Israel.
Shana Tova and welcome to all.

Oct 02, 2019

Western Wall Workers remove the notes

Rosh Hashanah 2019 – Clearing the Notes from the Western Wall

Press release
As ahead of every Rosh Hashanah, the employees of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has removed the notes that were put among the stones of the Wall in the last few months by visitors and worshipers. The notes were removed using wooden tools, not iron ones – as was the custom at the ancient Temples.
After the removal, the notes were packed and transferred into special Genizah containers that are meant to store holy books and papers. They will later be buried in the Mount of Olives, together with other Genizah items.
The notes of prayer were hidden inside the Wall by worshippers both from Israel and abroad, Jews and non-Jews. Many notes were also put there by the employees of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, who received tens of thousands of prayers through the Foundation's website and mail services.
Ever since the previous Rosh Hashanah, more than 32,000 notes were sent to the Wall through Over 1500 of them were sent by people in Israel.
The notes came from many countries around the world, including the US, Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, Germany, England, Columbia, Argentina, Ukraine, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Indonesia, Spain, Liberia, Poland, Australia, Ecuador, Switzerland, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Morocco and Hong Kong.
In order to protect the privacy and wishes of the note-writers, the removal area was isolated until the process was over. All of the notes were sealed inside special bags.
The rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, accompanied the removal process and prayed for the hopes and wishes of all worshippers – to come true for the best.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation continues to offer unique Selichot tours in the Old City that focus on the special atmosphere of the Western Wall during the Selichot prayers.
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Credit: the Western Wall Heritage Foundation

Sep 29, 2019

Living in the Kingdom of Hashem – Rosh Hashanah 5780

Living in the Kingdom of Hashem – Rosh Hashanah 5780

On the coming Sunday evening we will celebrate Rosh Hashanah – two days of chag that open the new year in the Hebrew calendar.

Sep 22, 2019

Notes at the Western Wall

Removal of notes from the Western Wall prior to Rosh Hashana

As we approach Rosh Hashana next week, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation is preparing for the traditional note-removal for the benefit of the thousands of visitors expected to visit the Western Wall during the holidays.
On Tuesday, 24 Elul, September 24, starting at 10:30am, Western Wall Heritage Foundation staff will remove notes placed between the stones of the Wall. They will then be transferred to the Mount of Olives where they will be buried along with sacred pages and books brought for “geniza”.
Millions of notes are placed between the Western Wall stones every year by worshippers and visitors from Israel and around the world, Jews and non-Jews, including notes sent via the Western Wall website, by fax, and by mail.
During these days prior to the High Holidays, the Western Wall Plaza fills with thousands of worshippers from around Israel and the world, with the number rising during the High Holidays themselves.
The sight of the thousands of people streaming to the Western Wall Plaza at night during this special week of slichot (penitentiary prayers) is an unforgettable experience.
Following are the dates of slichot until Erev Yom Kippur:

•Thursday – 26 Elul, 5779 – September 26, 2019

•Sat night – 28 Elul, 5779 – September 28, 2019
•Wednesday – 3 Tishrei, 5780 – October 2, 2019
•Thursday – 4 Tishrei, 5780 – October 3, 2019
•Sat night – 6 Tishrei, 5780 – October 5, 2019
•Sunday – 7 Tishrei, 5780 – October 6, 2019

The central Slichot event will take place on Monday, 8 Tishrei 5780, October 7, 2019, at 12 midnight in the presence of the Chief Rabbis of Israel.
To arrange photography permit, please call 02-6279240

Sep 17, 2019

People praying in the Western Wall

The Jewish nation chose to spend their Election Day vacation at the Western Wall.

Sep 16, 2019


The heads of the two largest parties, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Kachol-Lavan leader Beni Gantz, came to pray at the Western Wall.

Sep 15, 2019

Prayer at the Kotel

Rabbi Kanievsky praying at the Kotel ahead of Rosh Hashana.

Sep 12, 2019

Thousands at the Kotel at the first central slichot (penitentiary prayers) service

Thousands at the Kotel at the first central slichot (penitentiary prayers) service