Passover in Hebron 2023

Thousands enjoyed the Jewish holiday of freedom in the City of the Ancestors.

31.3.23, 14:26
(This article was updated on April 11, 2023)

Thousands of people visited Hebron during the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover for tours of historical sites, and family-friendly activities.

The bi-annual musical Hallel prayer gathering took place Sunday morning outside the Cave of the Patriarchs & Matriarchs (Tomb of Machpela). Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu led the services with musical accompaniment by Rabbi Uriel Saeed and a group of musicians. People from all over Israel and visitors from abroad joined in song, prayer and dance as rabbis joined hands with soldiers, police, and youth from different Israeli demographic groups. The event was live-streamed on social media.
The Hall of Isaac & Rebecca inside the Cave of the Patriarchs complex was open on both Sunday April 9th and Monday April 10th. This section of the holy site is the largest and contains the "Entrance to the Garden of Eden."

Unfortunately, the annual concert featuring top-name musical performers was cancelled. Due to an unexpected forecast of rain, and the outdoor event was rescheduled for a day earlier. Yet after the brutal terrorist attack that took the lives of two youth from the nearby Judea community of Efrat it was decided to cancel the festivities which would have coincided with the funerals. Scheduled to perform were Haim Israel, Aharon Razel, Bini Landau, Elitzur, Moshe Klein, and Dvir Cohen.

The Jewish community of Hebron wished to offer condolences to the family, and the residents of Efrat.

Thank you to all the participants who came from far and wide, the Association of Community Rabbis, the Kiryat Arba and Hebron municipal councils and religious councils, the staff and management of the Cave of the Patriarchs Cave, production team, medics, IDF, police and everyone who made this a safe and meaningful holiday experience.
Photo credit: Elisha Grossberg
For more information on special shuttle bus and any other questions contact call 02-996-5333 or read the Hebrew info page here: Passover 2023 info in Hebrew.

Passover in Hebron 2023. Photo: Elisha Grossberg | 29 Images
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