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Ma'arah Schedule 2015-2016

The 10 days that Ohel Yitzchak is open for Jews, Christians, and non-Muslims*

April 12-13, 2017 16-17 Nissan 5777 Wednesday & Thursday Chol HaMoed Pesach
August 21, 2017 29 Av 5777 Monday Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul
September 21-22, 2017 1-2 Tishrei 5778 Thursday & Friday Rosh Hashana
September 26, 2017 6 Tishrei 5778 Tuesday Aseret Y'mei Teshuva - Slichot
September 30, 2017 10 Tishrei 5778 Shabbat Yom Kippur
October 8-9, 2017 18-19 Tishrei 5778 Sunday & Monday Chol HaMoed Succot
November 11, 2017 22 Cheshvan 5778 Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah

 According to official data, there are about 700,000 visitors to Ma'arat HaMachpela per year.

*Dates subject to change


Opening Hours

  • The Ma'arah is open all day from 4 AM until 9 PM.
  • During Daylight Savings Time the Ma'arah is open until 10 PM.
  • These times are subject to change during holidays.
  • During the month of “Ramadan” the Ma'arah is closed on Fridays.
  • To find out which ten days the entire Ma’arah is open to Jews, call: 02-9965333
  • To find out which ten days the entire Ma’arah is open to Arabs, call: 02-9965333
  • Entrance to the Ma'arah Plaza and to the Seventh Step is accessible 24 hours a day.

  Shabbat Weekday
Shacharit Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan - Sephardic
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan - Ashkenazic
7:30 AM  - Ashkenazic
8:00 AM -  Ashkenazic
Vatikin/Sunrise Minyan
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
Mincha 12:50 PM
25 minutes before Sunset
40 minutes before sunset
Seudah Shelishit
Ma’ariv After Sunset
8:35 PM
10 minutes after Shabbat is over
8:00 PM Melave Malka

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

The non-Muslim days generally correspond to holidays such as Passover, Sukkot, Parshat Chaya Sarah, etc. when tens of thousands of Jewish visitors come to Hebron, and the Muslim-only days coincide with their special month-long holiday of Ramadan.

As part of our mutual understanding, the Tomb of Machpela will be open to Muslims only on the following dates:

Friday, June 6, 2016
Friday June 17, 2016
Friday June 24, 2016
Friday July 1, 2016
Shabbat July 2, 2016 (subject to change)
Wednesday July 6, 2016 (subject to change)

Jewish prayer services on these dates will be held outside at the Seventh Step. For more information call 050-647-7776.