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Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in Israel

Quick Facts

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) is the anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification.

Local names

NameLanguage
Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)English
יום ירושליםHebrew
Jerusalem-TagGerman
يوم القدسArabic

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015
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Yom Yerushalayim, also known as Jerusalem Day, commemorates Jerusalemn's reunification in 1967. This day begins on 28th day of the month of Iyyar in the Hebrew calendar.

Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim is a public holiday in Israel but is observed by many Jewish people worldwide.

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What do people do?

Throughout the world, including the United States, Zionist Jews mark Yom Yerushalayim with a range of events. These include: recitations of the Hallel prayer for praise and thanksgiving in synagogues; street parades, parties, singing and dancing; special meals; and lectures on the history and future of Jerusalem and Zionism. In Jerusalem, a public reception by the mayor of Jerusalem, state ceremonies and memorial services for those who died in the Six-Day War are also held. In Israel, some people mark the occasion by traveling or even hiking to Jerusalem. Non-Zionist Jews and Arabs may see the day as one of mourning and wear black or fly black flags.

Public life

Yom Yerushalayim is a public holiday in Israel. It is not a public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States. However, many Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service so special events can be held.

Background

After Israel declared its independence in 1948, it was attacked by the neighboring Arab countries, resulting in the Arab-Israeli War. At the end of this war, the city of Jerusalem was divided. Israeli forces controlled most of the city and East Jerusalem, including the Old City, was controlled by Jordanian forces. The Old City was important for strategic and religious reasons, as many sites of religious importance are in this part of the city. These include: the Dome of the Rock and al-Asqa Mosque (Muslims); the Temple Mount and the Western Wall or Kotel (Jewish); and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Christian).

On June 7, 1967, one day into the Six-Day War, Israeli forces captured the old city of Jerusalem. This resulted in the reunification of Jerusalem as part of Israel. According to the Hebrew calendar, it was the 28th day of the month of Iyar in the year 5727 and the anniversary of this date is known as Yom Yerushalayim or Jerusalem Day.

The 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem was in 2007. The slogan for the celebrations in this year translates as "Something special for everyone", with a play on the Hebrew words for "special" and "united". A special logo representing the number 40 and the city walls was presented and the approach to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv was decorated with blue lighting.

The anniversary of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem under Israeli control is not celebrated by everybody. Many Muslims and non-Zionists or Orthodox Jews see Jerusalem Day as an occasion for mourning. They may mark this with parades or special prayers on the same day as Yom Yerushalayim or on the Day of Quds on the last Friday of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedMay 231990Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 121991Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 311992Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 191993Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
MonMay 91994Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 281995Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 171996Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedJun 41997Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 241998Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 141999Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriJun 22000Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
MonMay 212001Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 102002Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 302003Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 192004Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
MonJun 62005Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 262006Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 162007Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
MonJun 22008Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 222009Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 122010Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedJun 12011Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 202012Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 82013Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 282014Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 172015Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunJun 52016Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
WedMay 242017Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunMay 132018Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
SunJun 22019Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew
FriMay 222020Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)Observance, Hebrew

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