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Opening dates for Cave of the Patriarchs & Matriarchs for 2024

The rotation agreement allows ten days a year for Jews and ten days a year for Muslims at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

28.1.24, 16:43
Reserved dates for Jewish prayers including Hall of Isaac & Rebecca:

Wednesday 16th of Nisan 5784 / April 24, 2024 - Passover
Thursday 17th of Nisan 5784 / April 25, 2024 - Passover
Monday 29th of Av 5784 / September 2, 2024 - Rosh Hodesh Elul eve
Thursday 1st of Tishrai 5785 / October 3, 2024 - Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday 7th of Tishrei 5785 / October 9, 2024 – Slichot - Ten Days of Repentance
Saturday 10th of Tishrei 5785 / October 12, 2024 - Yom Kippur – starting Friday, Yom Kippur eve at 3:00pm
Sunday 18th of Tishrei 5785 / October 20, 2024 - Succot chol hamoed
Monday 19th of Tishrei 5785 / October 21, 2024 - Succot chol hamoed
Thursday 22nd of Tishrei 5785 / October 24, 2024 – Post-Simchat Torah, Isaac Hall opened for Second Hakafot
Saturday 22nd of Cheshvan 5785 / November 23, 2024 - Shabbat Chayei Sarah - starting Friday at 3:00pm

Reserved for Muslim prayers:

Thursday 29th of Shevat 5784 / February 8, 2024 - Laylat al-Miraj
Friday 5th of Adar 5784 / March 15, 2024 - Ramadan
Friday 12th of Adar 5784 / March 22, 2024 - Ramadan
Friday 19th of Adar 5784 / March 29, 2024 - Ramadan
Friday 26th of Adar 5784 / April 5, 2024 - Ramadan
Saturday / 27th of Adar 5784 / April 6, 2024 - Laylat al-Qadr (opened to general public the next day at 10:00am)
Wednesday 2nd of Nissan 5784 / April 10, 2024 - Eid al-Fitr
Monday 11th of Sivan 5784 / June 17, 2024 - Eid al-Adha
Monday 2nd of Tammuz 5784 / July 8, 2024 - Islamic New Year
Monday 13th of Elul 5784 / September 16, 2024 - Rabi Al Awwal

As part of the current status quo in there are separate designated prayer areas for Jews and Muslims with separate entrances. The Hall of Isaac and Rebecca is usually reserved for Muslim prayers.

On ten days a year the site is reserved for Jewish prayer services, including the Hall of Isaac & Rebecca. This hall contains the small opening into the underground caves, known as the “entrance to the Garden of Eden.” On ten days a year the site is reserved for Muslim prayer services including the usually designated Jewish areas and Jewish prayers are held outside. 

Dates and times are subject to change.

Normal opening and closing hours:

Winter time - 4:00am - 8:45pm
Summer time - 4:00am - 9:45pm
The outdoor plaza and Seventh Step garden is open 24-hours a day.

Please note - due to the security situation and the nature of the Muslim calendar, there may be last minute changes.
A make-up date will be announced when the Hall of Isaac & Rebecca will be open to Jewish prayers in place of Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5784 / 2023).
It is recommended to confirm prior to the dates by calling 050-647-7776, 050-647-7744.

This arrangement has been coordinated since the 1990s between the Muslim Waqf and the Israeli government. During these days, Jewish prayer books, desks, chairs, etc. are removed and stored. On the Muslim side, the carpets are rolled up and stored. Most holidays go smoothly with coordination between the IDF, Waqf and emergency medical services from both the Israeli and PA sides of the city assisting when needed.
 
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