Procedures for the ‘Ohel Yitzhak’ synagogue

The area is divided into a synagogue and a hall

Procedures for the synagogue:

Purposes of use:

  • For prayer, Torah study, Torah lectures, unpaid classes.
  • The synagogue is used as a place of study for service personnel of the Chief Rabbinate within the framework of the Beit Midrash LaHalacha (the Jewish Law Academy).
  • The synagogue is used as a place of prayer for the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva and the residents of the Old City on sabbaths.

Torah uses:

  • Torah study is open to anyone who wishes, at times when there is no other study, prayer or class.
  • Study and group classes are by prior arrangement and on a space available basis.
  • Prayer is for anyone who wishes, on a space available basis.

To make arrangements, complete the form below

Purpose of the hall:

  1. For classes, lectures, children’s siddur parties and chumash parties (within a public framework only) – for no payment and on a space available basis.
  2. An event for the operations of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
  3. A personal event of a donor who donated more than $5,000 to the activity of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, subject to payment of a sum of $300 for use of the hall.
  4. No political events will be held on the site.
  5. Private events of the employees of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation will be permitted (for children or grandchildren only).
  6. Private events of regular worshippers of the synagogue.
  7. Circumcisions and bar-mitzvahs of residents of the renewed Moslem Quarter.
  8. An event that was referred by donors of the synagogue, which is limited to 30 events per annum.

Rules of use

  1. The place is intended for the following uses: in the synagogue – up to 100 people according to safety procedures (70 in the men’s area and 30 in the women’s area); in the hall – up to seventy people.
  2. The events will be held according to the customary criteria at the Western Wall.
  3. When using the site, only light refreshments may be brought in.
  4. The kitchen may only be used by catering with ‘Mehadrin’ (strictly Orthodox) kashrut.
  5. An event that is held without the use of the kitchen will have the kashrut chosen by the guest.
  6. The men’s area in the synagogue is intended for men only, and the women’s area is for women only.
  7. All the events will be held subject to the Foundation’s instructions as to what is appropriate on the site: kashrut, dress code, etc.
  8. Exceptional cases with receive approval of the Ceremonies Committee of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
  9. To make arrangements, on a space available basis, complete the form.
You are requested to read the procedures carefully. By marking the box, you are confirming and undertaking that you have read and that you accept these procedures. This request does not constitute approval of your request, until receipt of signed approval from us.

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