Jerusalem Day, or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew, commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967 and it is celebrated on the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This year Yom Yerushaliym starts Tuesday night May 23 until Wednesday May 24.
This year Jerusalem celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. Special events, concerts, tours, live music, exhibitions, workshops, and many more surprises will be held throughout Israel during May.
JERUSALEM DAY EVENTS 2017
THE OLD CITY CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM
A celebratory event will be held in the Old City. The event is attended by the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, the Mayor, and Speaker of the Knesset. What to expect: A spectacular light show and live music by Israel’s most popular performers: David D’Or, Eviyatar Banai, Avraham Tal, Sarit Hadad, and more.
Where: Old City When: May 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm Cost: Free
THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION AT SAFRA SQUARE
The best Israeli artists performing live alongside the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in a delightful concert. Who to expect: Miri Mesika, David D’Or and Kobi Aflalo.
Where: Old City When: May 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm Cost: Free
STUDENT DAY IN JERUSALEM
Students in Jerusalem will be celebrating 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification with The Yehudim, Abraham Tal, Beri Saharof, Shalom Hanoch, AdI Ulmansky, and more.
Where: Sacher Park, Jerusalem When: May 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm Buy tickets: Tel. *6226
“FLAG DANCE” PARADE – PRAYER & ASSEMBLY AT THE WESTERN WALL
Tens of Thousands of people from all around the world come every year to Jerusalem to take part in this dancing, singing and flag-waving parade, produced by “Am Kalevia” association. The parade ends with a celebratory ceremony which includes a prayer and an assembly.
Where: Starting point – Agron Streen; Endpoint – Western Wall Plaza When: May 24, 2017 4:30 pm (City Center stages); 6:30 pm (marching) Cost: Free
Photo Credit: Emil Salman Flag Parade, Jerusalem
TOURS OF SAFRA SQUARE
The Jerusalem Development Authority invites the public to enjoy free guided tours around Jerusalem. Visit the National Institutions Building, pass through Safra Square, stroll around Teddy Park, admire the view from The Wall Builders Garden, visit the Old City and end your tour at the Western Wall Plaza.
The tour is based on an exhibition by the Jewish National Fund currently displayed at Safra Square (May 5 – May 15)
Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem When: May 24, 2017 Cost: Free More info: Tel. 02-6295363
LATE-NIGHT STREET PARTY AT ZION SQUARE
Dance ’till the morning light at the summer’s craziest night party at Zion Square! Bonus: live performance by Mayumana dance troupe.
Where: Zion Square, Jerusalem When: May 24, 2017 at 3:00 am Cost: Free
IDAN RAICHEL – SUNRISE CONCERT
Idan Raichel will be performing his best songs and new piano arrangements in an exciting sunrise concert at Safra Square.
Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem When: May 24, 2017 at 4:30 am Buy tickets: Tel. *6226
SALUTE PERFORMANCE BY THE JERUSALEM CANTOR CHOIR
In honor of Jerusalem day, Heichal Shlomo will host the Jerusalem Hazanim (Cantors) Choir and their special salute performance. The show is composed of prayers, Israeli-Hasidic singing, and the reading of cantorial chapters describing love and sentiment towards the city of Jerusalem.
Where: Heichal Shlomo, 58 King George St, Jerusalem When: May 24, 2017 at 4:30 am Buy Tickets: Tel. 02-5889000
Photo Credit: Moshe Cohen-Afra
Information Credit: ITravel Jerusalem
World Mizrachi is organizing lots of events and programs in an aim to get as many people celebrating in Jerusalem. See their website for details and to book tickets. Events include: A spectacular and unforgettable multi-faceted 4-day program, Dazzling opening ceremony with Jerusalem musical extravaganza at Binyanei HaUma featuring leading Israeli dignitaries, Rabbi Sacks, Yaakov Shwekey and more…Lead the 300,000 person Yom Yerushalayim march to the Old City, Daven an unforgettable Hallel with all the Yeshivot Hesder at the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim, Meet some of the famous Paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem as we follow their footsteps, Conference on the future of Zionism with the spiritual, political and intellectual leadership of the Jewish world, Unique experiential and learning tours in and around Jerusalem with Israel’s expert guides, Discounted program price with special reduced Mizrachi group rates for hotel rooms, Moving and memorable closing ceremony from a phenomenal vantage point overlooking Har HaBayit.
For any queries regarding the program contact Daniel at YY50@mizrachi.org
or call Ariel on +972 (0)54-7351050