Holidays in the Public Sphere

Beit Tefilah Israeli celebrates Jewish and Israeli holidays at free, open and accessible locations in Tel Aviv and beyond.

This is a taste of the public sphere events that take place with BTI every year. For an updated list of current holiday events please look at the home page and the calendar on this site.

  • Rosh Hashana: Tashlich ceremony at TLV Port for 1000 people and at Herzelia Marina.
  • Yom Kippur: services at a public theater in Tel Aviv.
  • Sukkot: BTI builds the World’s Largest Sukkah at the Tel Aviv Port: Activities for families over the eight days of Sukkot took place from 10am-10pm every day, including: daily musical egalitarian prayers, lectures and lessons, musical performances of Piutim and Israeli music, thematic evening programs – on topics such as: Kohelet, klezmer music, Israeli Tefilah, poetry, etc., and open-space egalitarian Simchat Torah celebrations.
  • Hanukah: Candle lighting at “Festigal” (Israel’s annual children’s festival)
  • Purim: celebrations at the old Tel Aviv Train Station “Hatahana” with lively megilah reading.
  • Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatzmaut Havdala: BTI developed a unique service that marks the sharp change in emotion from mourning to elation, based on traditional Jewish sources, Israeli music and poetry and creative innovations.
  • Shavuot: “Tikkun” all night learning, in cooperation with Alma. In the late night hours of Shavuot (from 9pm – sunrise) we host over 20 study sessions with academic and spiritual Jewish studies experts for 800 participants.
  • Tisha Be’av: Ceremony and megilah reading at the Beit Ariela central municipal library in Tel Aviv.
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