Holiday gatherings return to Hebron

2021 FULL SCHEDULE - Holiday gatherings return as COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

18.4.21, 21:45
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the dramatic decrease in coronavirus cases, the Israeli Ministry of Health has rescinded many restrictions that prevented large gatherings throughout 2020 and the beginning of 2021. This schedule is still subject to change. There is currently a limit to 150 maximum inside the building at the same time.
The Tomb of Machpela is the 2,000-year-old structure that covers the underground cave of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.  It contains both a synagogue area and a mosque area with each side being managed separately with separate entrances.
For ten days a year, the Muslim area of the Tomb of the Patriarchs is open for Jewish prayer services and for another ten days, the Jewish area is open for Muslim prayer services. This gives each side free access to otherwise off-limits sections. Certain sections in the Muslim area are off limits even during these special days.
During normal days, the complex is divided into Jewish and Muslim areas with the Hall of Isaac and Rebecca reserved for Muslim prayers. This hall contains the small opening into the underground caves, known as the “entrance to the Garden of Eden.” 

The Cave of Machpelah is open:
Winter Time - 4:00am - 9:00pm
Summer Time - 4:00am - 9:45pm
The outside courtyard and Seventh Step garden area is always open. It is in this outdoor area where Jewish prayer services are hedl during Muslim holidays. 
The Cave of Machpelah will be reserved for special Jewish prayer services, including the Hall of Isaac and Rebecca on the following days:
Tuesday March 30, 2021 – Passover chol hamoed
Wednesday March 31, 2021 – Passover chol hamoed
Thursday, August 5, 2021- Eve of Rosh Hodesh Elul (early)
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - Rosh Hashana
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - Ten Days of Repentance event
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - Yom Kippur
Wednesday September 22, 2021 – Chol Hamoed Succot
Thursday September 23, 2021 – Chol Hamoed Succot
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – post-Simchat Torah evening, Hall of Isaac open for Second Hakafot.
Saturday October 30, 2021 - Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah
On the following days the Tomb complex will be reserved for Muslim prayers, including those areas normally used for Jewish prayer services. All Jewish services will take place outside at the Seventh Step garden and Rochelle Berkowitz plaza.

Thursday March 11, 2021 - Lailat al Miraj
Friday April 16, 2021 – Ramadan
Friday April 23, 2021 – Ramadan
Friday April 30, 2021 – Ramadan
Friday May 7, 2021 – Ramadan
Saturday May 8, 2021 - Laylat al Qadr
Thursday May 13, 2021 - Eid-al-Fitr
Tuesday July 20, 2021 - Waqf al Arafa – Hajj
Monday August 9, 2021 - Hijra - Islamic New Year
Tuesday October 19, 2021 - Milad un Nabi
Please note - due to the nature of the Muslim calendar, there may be last minute changes in dates.
It is recommended to arrange events and visits in advance by calling 050-647-7776 or 050-647-7744.
For any additional inquiry and for coordinating events and celebrations, the Cave of the Patriarchs staff is at your service.
United States contact info:
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
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