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
Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul
September 30- October 1, 2019
1-2 Tishrei 5780
Monday & Tuesday
October 3, 2019
4 Tishrei 5780
Aseret Y’mei Teshuva – Slichot
October 9, 2019
10 Tishrei 5780
October 15-16, 2019
16-17 Tishrei 5780
Tuesday & Wednesday
Chol HaMoed Succot
November 23, 2019
25 Cheshvan 5780
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 3, 2019||7 Tishrei 5780||Thursday||Aseret Y'mei Teshuva - Slichot|
|October 9, 2019||10 Tishrei 5779||Wednesday||Yom Kippur|
|October 15-16, 2018||16-17 Tishrei 5780||Tuesday & Wednesday||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
- 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
|Mincha||20 minutes before Shkiyah (Sunset)
|Ma’ariv||At Shkiyah (Sunset)
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan – Sephardic
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan – Ashkenazic
7:30 AM – Ashkenazic
8:30 AM – Ashkenazic
25 minutes before Sunset
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.
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