General Information

The Jewish Quarter, one of the four Quarters of Jerusalem’s Old City, rests on the eastern slopes of Mount Zion and faces the Western Wall. It invites us to behold Jerusalem through all the periods of its history. The Jewish Quarter contains various sites at which we can hear and feel Jerusalem’s past and present. We can enter houses, stroll down streets, meet people and hear their stories of the neighborhoods and people of Jerusalem that once walked through the very same places we will visit. These include courtyards, synagogues, archaeological sites and remnants from the past. All these together give us an opportunity to look back at Jerusalem’s rich and impressive history.

Opening hours

Special Opening Hours for sites for 2018.


Summer time

Hurva synagogue: Sunday to Thursday: 9:00-18:00; Friday: 9:00-13:00*
Herodian Quarter: Sunday to Thursday: 9:00-18:00; Friday: 9:00-13:00*
Burnt House: Sunday to Thursday: 9:00-18:00; Friday: 9:00-13:00*
Davidson Center: Sunday to Thursday: 8:00-18:00; Friday: 8:00-14:00*



Jerusalem Day (13/05/18)

Sites will be open as usual

Shavuot (20/05/18)

Sites will be closed

Ninth of Av [Tisha B’Av] (22/07/18)

Hurva Synagogue will be closed
Herodian Quarter: Open from 09:00-15:00*
Burnt House: Open from 09:00-15:00*
Davidson Center: Open as usual*

Jewish New Year (09/09/18-11/09/18)

including the eve of the holiday (09/09/18), all the sites are closed

Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] (18/09/18-19/09/18)

including the eve of the holiday (18/09/18), all the sites are closed.

Sukkot Holiday (23/09/18-24/09/18) 

including the eve of the holiday (23/09/18), all the sites are closed.

Sukkot intermediate days [chol moed] (25/09/18-28/09/18) 

Hurva Synagogue: Tuesday-Thursday (25/09/18-27/09/18) 10:30-18:00*
Friday (28/09/18) 10:30-13:00*
Herodian Quarter: Tuesday-Thursday (25/09/18-27/09/18) 09:00-18:00*
Friday (28/09/18) 09:00-13:00*
Burnt House: Tuesday-Thursday (25/09/18-27/09/18) 09:00-18:00*
Friday (28/09/18) 09:00-13:00*
David Center: Tuesday-Thursday (25/09/18-27/09/18) 08:00-18:00*
Friday (28/09/18) 08:00-14:00*

Simchat Torah Holiday (30/09/18-01/10/18) 

including the eve of the holiday (30/09/18) all the sites will be closed.

Winter time (28/10/18)

Hurva Synagogue: Sunday-Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday: 09:00-13:00*
Herodian Quarter: Sunday-Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday: 09:00-13:00*
Burnt House: Sunday-Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday: 09:00-13:00*
Davidson Center: Sunday-Thursday 08:00-17:00; Friday: 08:00-14:00*

Chanukah (02/12/18-10/12/18)

Hurva Synagogue: Sunday-Thursday 10:30-17:00; Friday 10:30-13:00*
Herodian Quarter: Sunday-Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday 09:00-13:00*
Burnt House: Sunday-Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday 09:00-13:00*
Davidson Center: Sunday-Thursday 08:00-17:00; Friday 08:00-14:00*


*The last entrance to the sites is 30-40 minutes before closing. There are liable to be changes in the hours of operation.

Entrance to these sites is by telephone reservation in advance:

-the Israelite Tower
-the Nea Church.

Days Summer clock Winter clock
Sun to Thu 08:00 - 18:00* 09:00 - 17:00*
Fri 09:00 - 13:00* 09:00 - 13:00*
*The last entrance to the sites is 30-40 minutes before closing

There are four main entrances to the Old City. The one closest to the Jewish Quarter and Mount Zion is the Zion Gate. Near the Zion Gate you will find a public parking lot (see details below), which is a ten minute walk in the direction of the Western Wall from us.

You can also park in the Givati Parking Lot (payment per hour/ day), which is near the Dung Gate and opposite the City of David.

Another option is to park your vehicle in the Mamilla Parking Lot or in the Karta Parking Lot and enter on foot through the Jaffa Gate.

Egged Bus Lines

Line 1: Central Bus Station – Western Wall (via Geula and Kikar HaShabat)

Line 3:  Central Bus Station – Western Wall (via Sorotzkin Street, Ezrat Torah, Bar Ilan Junction, Shmuel HaNavi Street)

Line 38: The Jewish Quarter (circular line, via the Western Wall, HaHan, David Hamelech Street, and Mamilla)

Line 38-Aleph: (via the Western Wall, HaHan, Keren Hayesod Street, the center of the city – Merkaz Ha’Ir, and Mamilla)

The Light Rail

You can take the light rail and get off at:

The City Hall station – from which you can proceed on foot to the Jaffa Gate (a 5-10 minute walk) or to the New Gate (an approximately 5 minute walk).

Three “Park and Ride” lots, where you can leave your car and board the light rail, are located near the following stations: Mt. Herzl, Ammunition Hill and Pisgat Ze’ev – Center.


Taxis are allowed to enter the Jaffa Gate at all times of day, so you can use a taxi to get to the Western Wall. You can also hail a taxi along the streets inside the Old City. Taxis are usually concentrated in the area of the street leading to the Jaffa Gate, and near the Western Wall and the Dung Gate.

Private vehicles

Private vehicles are not allowed to enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate between 9 am and 6 pm, except for those belonging to residents of the Old City, its merchants or holders of disabled parking permits. It is not possible to visit the Old City by car, and so we recommend parking in one of the nearby lots.

Parking lots

The Karta parking lot – at the entrance to the Old City, near the Jaffa Gate (payment per hour/ day).

The Mamilla parking lot – the underground parking lot of the Mamilla Alrov Mall, near the Jaffa Gate (payment per hour/ day, the first hour is free).

The Givati parking lot – outside the Dung Gate, in front of the entrance to the City of David (payment per hour/ day).

The Jewish Quarter parking lot – entered via the Jaffa Gate (payment per hour/ day).

The Har Zion (Mount Zion) parking lot – outside the Old City walls, it is entered by turning right from the Sultan’s Pool dam (payment per hour/ day).

The Kikar Safra (Safra Square) parking lot – under the Safra Squre, entered via Shivtei Israel Street (payment per hour/ day).

The Line 38 bus collects people from the Karta and Mamilla parking lots and the ride into the Old City is at a special, discounted rate.


Minimum group size – 20 people

The price of a guided tour arranged in advance:

Up to one hour – 160 shekels

Up to an hour and a half – 250 shekels (two sites)

Audio guide headphones can be rented for an additional fee

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