What is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, in this day, Jews from all over the world fast for 26 hours and spend almost the hole day praying and meditating about the actions they’ve made the previous year, it is a day of forgiveness and introspection. In Israel it is one of the only days of the year where every business is closed, the cities are practically deserted.
Traditions of Yom Kippur
In Yom Kippur, most of the observant Jews fast for a whole day and go to the synagogue for special Yom Kippur prayers. Some people like to wear all white clothes and no leather. If you go to the Kotel in Jerusalem, you will find many people from all around the world praying and meditating.
Surviving Yom Kippur in Israel
In this holiday, most of the restaurants, bars and shops are closed, so make sure you plan ahead. Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, there is no public transportation.
Synagogues in Tel Aviv For Yom Kippur
If you are looking for a synagogue during Yom Kippur, check out Secret Tel Aviv’s ‘Guide to Olim Friendly Synagogues’.
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!