Ma’arah Schedule

Ma'arah Schedule

The 10 days that Ohel Yitzchak is open for Jews, Christians, and non-Muslims*

April 22-23, 2019
17-18 Nissan 5779
Monday & Tuesday
Chol HaMoed Pesach

August 29, 2019
28 Av 5779
Thursday
Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul

September 30- October 1, 2019
1-2 Tishrei 5780
Monday & Tuesday
Rosh Hashana

October 6, 2019
7 Tishrei 5780
Sunday
Aseret Y’mei Teshuva – Slichot

October  9, 2019
10 Tishrei 5780
Wednesday
Yom Kippur

October 16-17, 2019
17-18 Tishrei 5780
Wednesday & Thursday
Chol HaMoed Succot

November 23, 2019
25 Cheshvan 5780
Shabbat
Parshat Chayei Sarah

April 22-23, 2019 17-18 Nissan 5779 Monday & Tuesday Chol HaMoed Pesach
August 29, 2019 28 Av 5779 Thursday Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul
September 30-October 1, 2019 1-2 Tishrei 5780 Monday & Tuesday Rosh Hashana
October 6, 2019 7 Tishrei 5780 Sunday Aseret Y'mei Teshuva - Slichot
October 9, 2019 10 Tishrei 5779 Wednesday Yom Kippur
October 16-17, 2018 17-18 Tishrei 5780 Wednesday & Thursday Chol HaMoed Succot
November 23, 2019 25 Cheshvan 5780 Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah

According to official data, there are about 700,000 visitors to Ma’arat HaMachpela per year.
*Dates subject to change

Opening Hours

  • The Ma’arah is open from 4 AM until 9 PM.
  • During Daylight Savings Time, the Ma’arah is open until 10 PM.
  • Times subject to change during holidays.
  • To confirm which ten days (see above) the entire Ma’arah is open, call: (02)996-5333
  • The Rochelle Berkowitz Ma’arah Plaza and Seventh Step are accessible 24 hours a day

There are daily weekday prayers intermittently on an adhoc basis and as follows:

Shacharit 20 minutes before Netz
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
Mincha 20 minutes before Shkiyah (Sunset)
Ma’ariv At Shkiyah (Sunset)
8:15 PM

Shacharit
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan – Sephardic
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan – Ashkenazic
7:30 AM – Ashkenazic
8:30 AM – Ashkenazic

Mincha
12:50 PM
25 minutes before Sunset

Ma’ariv
After Sunset
8:35 PM

For Shabbat prayer times, please consult locally.

The agreed compromise at the Tomb of Machpela is to reserve ten days a year for Jewish & non-Muslim worship and ten days for Muslim-only worship.

The Jewish & non-Muslim days generally correspond to holidays such as Passover, Sukkot, Parshat Chayei Sarah, etc. when tens of thousands of Jewish visitors come to Hebron, and the Muslim-only days coincide with their special month-long holiday of Ramadan.

During the 10 Muslim only days, Jewish prayer services will be held outside at the Seventh Step.
The Ma’arah will be closed on the following 10 days. These dates are subject to change last minute. To confirm please call: (02)996-5333. 

April 3, 2019 27 Adar Bet 5779 Wednesday
May 10, 2019 5 Iyar 5779 Friday
May 17, 2019 12 Iyar 5779 Friday
May 24, 2019 19 Iyar 5779 Friday
May 31, 2019 26 Iyar 5779 Friday
June 4, 2019 1 Sivan 5779 Tuesday
August 11, 2019 10 Av 5779 Sunday
September 1, 2019 1 Elul 5779 Sunday
November 10, 2019 12 Cheshvan 5780 Sunday

April 3, 2019
27 Adar Bet 5779
Wednesday

May 10, 2019
5 Iyar 5779
Friday

May 17, 2019
12 Iyar 5779
Friday

May 24, 2019
19 Iyar 5779
Friday

May 26, 2019
21 Iyar 5779
Sunday

May 31, 2019
26 Iyar 5779
Friday

June 4, 2019
1 Sivan 5779
Tuesday

August 11, 2019
10 Av 5779
Sunday

September 1, 2019
1 Elul 5779
Sunday

November 10, 2019
12 Cheshvan 5780
Sunday

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