Celebrations in honor of 54 years since the liberation of Jerusalem will begin, as usual, with a festive prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza, combined with prayers in memory of those killed and for the recovery of those wounded at the tragedy in Meron, as well as prayers of thanksgiving for the miracle of Israel’s recovery from the coronavirus.
Prayers on Jerusalem Day eve:
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Jerusalem Municipality, the Office for Jerusalem and Heritage, and the Jerusalem Development Authority will hold a festive prayer service in honor of 54 years since Jerusalem’s liberation on Sunday, 27 Iyar, 5781 (May 9, 2021) at 7:30pm. The event will be held in the presence of the chief rabbis of Israel, the Rishon Lezion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Rabbi David Lau; rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz; Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon; and minister for Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, Rabbi Rafi Peretz. The prayer service will be accompanied by musicians: Yishai Lapidot, Yitzchak Meir, Chaim Yisrael and the Mafte’ach Sol choir.
We will bow our heads and pray for the memories of those killed in the Meron tragedy and for the recovery of the wounded, as well as for the welfare of the world and those ill with the coronavirus.
A mass “hagomel” blessing will take place for the first time during the Jerusalem Day eve prayers to offer gratitude for the situation in Israel following a year of the pandemic.
People who have recovered are invited to come to the Western Wall Plaza to participate in person, or join remotely from anywhere in Israel or abroad. Names of wounded or ill who cannot come in person can be sent for prayer through the Western Wall website.
The live broadcast will be on the platforms of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the Jerusalem Municipality, and itraveljerusalem.
Satellite connection information will be publicized closer to the broadcast date.
Official opening of the new Chain of Generations Center: As publicized earlier this month, the official opening of the new Chain of Generations Center – a moving and exciting exhibit adjacent to the Western Wall – will take place on the eve of Jerusalem Day, 27 Iyar 5781, May 9, 2021 – at 3:00pm.
The opening will take place in the presence of the rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the mayor of Jerusalem, and former mayors of Jerusalem.
The opening will be broadcast live on the Western Wall site
Jerusalem Day – Morning:
“Everyone has a city whose name is Jerusalem” – the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Ministry of Education in a special broadcast live from the Western Wall: teachers and students connecting with the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day in a live broadcast with all elementary school students in Israel.
The event will be broadcast on the Western Wall site and YouTube channels of the national broadcast network and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, on Monday, 28 Iyar, 5781 (May 10, 2021) at 11:00am.
The Evening following Jerusalem Day:
The traditional Flag Dance will take place on Monday, 28 Iyar, 5781 (May 10, 2021) in the evening hours.
The WWHF requests that the public follow the police and ushers’ instructions throughout all Jerusalem Day events.