Ma’arah Schedule

Ma'arah Schedule

The 10 days that Ohel Yitzchak is open for Jews, Christians, and non-Muslims*
*Dates subject to change.

November 23, 2019
25 Cheshvan 5780
Shabbat
Parshat Chayei Sarah

April 12-13, 2020
18-19 Nissan 5780
Sunday & Monday
Chol HaMoed Pesach

August 19, 2020
28 Av 5780
Wednesday
Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul

September 19-20, 2020
1-2 Tishrei 5781
Shabbat & Sunday
Rosh Hashana

September 24, 2020
6 Tishrei 5781
Thursday
Aseret Y’mei Teshuva – Slichot

October  10, 2020
10 Tishrei 5781
Monday
Yom Kippur

October 5-6, 2020
17-18 Tishrei 5781
Monday & Tuesday
Chol HaMoed Succot

April 18-19, 2022 17-18 Nissan 5782 Monday & Tuesday Chol Hamoed Pesach
August 25, 2022 28 Av 5782 Thursday Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul
September 26, 2022 1 Tishrei 5783 Monday Rosh Hashana
October 2, 2022 7 Tishrei 5783 Sunday Aseret Y'mei Teshuva- Slichot
October 4, 2022 9 Tishrei 5783 Tuesday Half Day for Erev Yom Kippur
October 5, 2022 10 Tishrei 5783 Wednesday Yom Kippur
October 12-13, 2022 17-18 Tishrei 5783 Wednesday & Thursday Chol HaMoed Sukkot
October 17, 2022 22 Tishrei 5783 Monday Evening for Hakafot Shniyot
November 19, 2022 25 Cheshvan 5783 Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah

According to official 2019 data, there are over 1 million visitors to Ma’arat HaMachpela per year.

Opening Hours

  • The Ma’arah is open from 4 AM until 9 PM.
  • During Daylight Savings Time, the Ma’arah is open until 10 PM.
  • Times subject to change during holidays.
  • To confirm which ten days (see above) the entire Ma’arah is open, call: (02)996-5333
  • The Rochelle Berkowitz Ma’arah Plaza and Seventh Step are accessible 24 hours a day

There are daily weekday prayers intermittently on an adhoc basis and as follows:

Shacharit 20 minutes before Netz
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
Mincha 20 minutes before Shkiyah (Sunset)
Ma’ariv At Shkiyah (Sunset)
8:15 PM

Shacharit
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan – Sephardic
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan – Ashkenazic
7:30 AM – Ashkenazic
8:30 AM – Ashkenazic

Mincha
12:50 PM
25 minutes before Sunset

Ma’ariv
After Sunset
8:35 PM

For Shabbat prayer times, please consult locally.

The agreed compromise at the Tomb of Machpela is to reserve ten days a year for Jewish & non-Muslim worship and ten days for Muslim-only worship.

The Jewish & non-Muslim days generally correspond to holidays such as Passover, Sukkot, Parshat Chayei Sarah, etc. when tens of thousands of Jewish visitors come to Hebron. The Muslim-only days coincide with their special month-long holiday of Ramadan. The dates are subject to change last minute so if you are coming during that time of year please call the office to confirm access to the Ma’arh: (02)996-5333

During the 10 Muslim only days, Jewish prayer services will be held outside at the Seventh Step.

April 3, 2019
27 Adar Bet 5779
Wednesday

May 10, 2019
5 Iyar 5779
Friday

May 17, 2019
12 Iyar 5779
Friday

May 24, 2019
19 Iyar 5779
Friday

May 26, 2019
21 Iyar 5779
Sunday

May 31, 2019
26 Iyar 5779
Friday

June 4, 2019
1 Sivan 5779
Tuesday

August 11, 2019
10 Av 5779
Sunday

September 1, 2019
1 Elul 5779
Sunday

November 10, 2019
12 Cheshvan 5780
Sunday

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