Anyone who has experienced Israel’s Jerusalem Day knows the unique excitement and pride it rouses for the Jewish state. Learn more about the significance of this day and the best places to join in the festivities.
A sea of Israeli flags waving in the air, energetic parades, live music, and spirited dancing bring the city of Jerusalem to life, igniting and touching our spirit. In the words of the Hebrew writer and Zionist leader Elhanan Leib Lewinsky (1857–1910), “Without Jerusalem, the land of Israel is as a body without a soul.” Regardless of your religious background or political beliefs, there is something about these festivities that enters the heart.
What is Jerusalem Day all About
Jerusalem Day, or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew, celebrates the reunification of the city of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967. This victory marked the first time in thousands of years that Jerusalem in its entirety came under Jewish sovereignty. On the third day of the war, the Israeli army captured east Jerusalem, allowing Jews access to the holiest parts of the city, the ancient remnants of the Temple.
This year celebrates the 56th anniversary of this historical event, making Yom Yerushalayim the most recently added holiday to the Jewish calendar. Although not as commonly celebrated in Jewish communities outside of Israel, this monumental day is an experience not to be missed by those residing in the Holy Land.
Where Should I Go to Celebrate
Annual Jerusalem Flag Parade
Looking for the action? A great way to experience the thrilling energy of this holiday is by taking part in the Annual Jerusalem Flag Parade. Join thousands of marchers dancing through the streets starting in Gan Sacher walking all the way through to the Old City. At the end of the parade, at the Western Wall Plaza, a large rally is held. There is no need to register in advance. The event is open to the public. Just put on your walking shoes and be sure to bring your Israeli Flag!
Shacharit Prayers in Armon HaNatziv Promenade
If it’s spirituality you’re seeking, consider attending the Shacharit morning prayer service in Armon HaNatziv. Let your soul be awoken by the beautiful voice of the cantor and drift away in the sounds of the community coming together in song.
City of David Light Show
In honor of Jerusalem Day and Jerusalem week, the City of David holds an incredible light show “Hallelujah” to tell the story of Jerusalem’s revival. You’ll be sure to get inspired by watching the amazing technology amidst the ancient buildings, bringing the rich history to life. For this event it is recommended to order tickets in advance. Trust us, it’s worth it!
Visit the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and Israel Aquarium
If you’re interested in learning about the latest environmental news in Israel, we recommend making a visit to the Israel Aquarium. During Jerusalem Week, the aquarium offers an opportunity to meet the latest Jerusalem entrepreneurs and artists who will display their work regarding environmental protection and sustainability.
The Biblical Zoo provides a unique twist on a zoo, highlighting Israeli and biblical animals with experiential activities for the whole family. For Jerusalem Day, the zoo offers a series of special events for nature, animal, and photography lovers. Join the overnight zoo tour, a sunset tour around to learn about the history of the park, or a mobile photography navigation.
We know Yom Yerushalayim is sure to kindle a deep love for Israel’s capital, a city overflowing with history and spirituality. Don’t let your journey of exploring Jerusalem end here. Consider joining one of our tours in Jerusalem to continue uncovering the layers of history of this mystical city.
If you are ready to venture out of Jerusalem and see the rest of the wonderful State of Israel, look no further than our private tours in Israel, where you can continue learning and exploring at your own pace alongside talented tour guides who specialize in planning exactly what you’re looking for.