While everyone else is joining in the mass Rikudegalim (dancing with flags) to mark Jerusalem Day on Wednesday * (see below for details), you may want to celebrate another event that occurs on the same date. The Hebrew date that marks the anniversary of the death of the prophet Samuel is the same as Jerusalem Day–and it just happens that the traditional burial site of Samuel is on Jerusalem’s northern border.
At 8:30 p.m Tuesday, a bonfire lighting ceremony will kick off the two-day commemoration. Visitors are welcome to join in all the festivities at the site between May 31-June 2. Shuttle buses will run from the nearby Ramot neighborhood as well as from the Ofer IDF base.
You’ll be able to take a look at the extensive archeological excavations that have uncovered finds from First and Second Temple times, the Byzantine era and the Crusader period.
Call the Israel Parks Authority for more details: 057-221-2270
* Rikudegalim–the traditional celebration of Jerusalem Day, which marks the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967–starts this year at two points: at 4 p.m on Wednesday, June 1. For guys, your meeting point will be in front of Israel Police HQ on Route 1, opposite Ammunition Hill. The girls will meet at the same time in front of the Novotel Olive Tree Hotel , a few blocks south on Route 1. At 5:15 p.m everyone will set out in the direction of the Old City, with dancers entering every gate of the Old City with flags, converging on the Western Wall Plaza for the main ceremony at 8 p.m. Musicians and bands accompany the dancers all through the city.
Don’t even think about trying to bring a car into Jerusalem on Wednesday!