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Yom Kippur in Israel

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, marks the end of the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) and falls on the 10th day of Tishrei (Tishri), the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. Many Jewish communities engage in intense prayer and fasting.

Is Yom Kippur a Public Holiday?

Yom Kippur is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

The shofar, an instrument used to blow sound, is pictured with a Jewish holy book.
Prayer time is part of the Yom Kippur traditions.
Prayer time is part of the Yom Kippur traditions.
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About Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010SatSep 18Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2011SatOct 8Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2012WedSep 26Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2013SatSep 14Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2014SatOct 4Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2015WedSep 23Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2016WedOct 12Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2017SatSep 30Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2018WedSep 19Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2019WedOct 9Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew
2020MonSep 28Yom KippurNational holiday, Hebrew

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