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Jerusalem Day

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Basic Information

Location Jerusalem, Israel
Date 2013/05/08 - 2013/05/08
Recurring Event: yes
Phone number 888-515-5991
Country Israel
City Jerusalem

Tourist Information

Free entry yes
Suitable for kids yes
Handicap accessibility no
Yearly event yes
Website http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/israel/yom-yerushalayim


Summary

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of "Next Year in Jerusalem".

General Information

The day is marked by state ceremonies, memorial services for soldiers who died in the battle for Jerusalem, parades through downtown Jerusalem, reciting the Hallel prayer with blessings in synagogues, and saying the Pesukei Dezimra of Sabbath and High Holidays. There are also lectures on Jerusalem-related topics, singing and dancing, and special television programming. School children throughout the country learn about the significance of Jerusalem, and schools in Jerusalem hold festive assemblies. The day is also marked in Jewish schools around the world.


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