What is Sukkot?
Sukkot is a widely celebrated festivity in Israel that commemorates the 40 years Jews spent living in temporary shelters in the desert after they left Egypt. People take pride in building and decorating their Sukkah and host cool events. If you are spending Sukkot in Israel, expect to find many cool festivals and parties!
Sukkot is a Festival Time in Israel that lasts for seven days. The first day is a chag, people are not expected to work although non-kosher restaurants and bars will be open like a standard shabbat. Similarly the last day is Simchat Torah, another chag where people aren’t expected to work.
Traditions of Sukkot
During Sukkot it is a tradition to eat and sleep under a Sukkah. People host friends and family to share a meal in their Sukkah and sometimes even spend the night. If you don’t know anyone who can host you, you should check out the communal events at your favorite synagogue!
Surviving Sukkot in Israel
Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, kosher bars and restaurants are closed in the first and last days and there is no public transportation.
There are no events planned for Sukkot 2018 yet, meanwhile check out our Events Calendar for other awesome events.
Learn more about holidays in Israel – Check out our Holidays in Israel Guide!
Traveling to Tel Aviv for the Holiday?
Where to stay?
Your first step is to find somewhere to sleep. We have guides for all of the Best Hotels in Israel, including Tel Aviv’s Best Hotels (best of the best), Tel Aviv’s Best Boutique Hotels (exclusive and tasteful) and Tel Aviv’s Best Hostels (fun and affordable)! You can book hotels directly through Secret Tel Aviv’s Booking.com Platform. (That amazing pool on the left belongs to The Norman Tel Aviv).
Get to know Israel
Israel is a country with thousands of amazing things to see and do. We’ve teamed up with two of Israel’s top tour companies to find the Best Tours in Israel, including tours in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Petra, the Dead Sea, West Bank and Christian tours. There is something for every taste – sightseeing tours, walking tours, camping tours, Segway tours and more.
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What to do during the week?
Tel Aviv is full of cool things to do! One of the favorite activities in the city is going to the beach to relax during the summer, exercise or play a sport. Check out our events calendar to find Tel Aviv’s best parties, and our weekly newsletter for the top weekly tips, including pop up markets, concerts and exhibitions, escape rooms and other cool activities. Check out our Top Things to Do in Tel Aviv guide for more ideas!