Sukkot 2013 In Jerusalem

September 15, 2013
By: Joanna Shebson
Snappling at the Tayelet

Welcome to Jerusalem for Sukkot 2013 and for those of you who live here, enjoy your school vacation. The holiday will be from September 18-26, 2013 and it is a beautiful holiday in Jerusalem. The city comes alive with activities and concerts especially on Chol Hamoed which will be Friday Sept 20- Wednesday Sept 25. Let Fun In Jerusalem be your Jerusalem family travel guide. You can now reserve activities for your family by emailing us and buy advance tickets at our box office. To see a full listing of events visit our Calendar and for a detailed list of Jerusalem attractions see our FUN List.  The following events are recommended by Fun In Jerusalem.

Special Sukkot Activities: 

 **Sketchbook Tour of the Israel Museum** for Kids and Teens ages 7+. Have fun touring your favorite galleries of the Israel Museum, drawing on an interactive tour, which enhances your knowledge and creativity. Sunday & Monday. Led by Polly Tessler, graduate of Parsons School of Design, NYC; a former Artist/Educator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC and Fulbright Scholar who created a one year project combining art and archaeology on Cyprus. Reserve your spot.

Jerusalem Ropes Course: Challenge Tours invites you to experience the Jerusalem Ropes Course including omega, sky swing, acrobatic rope walking, rope ladder and tree snappling. This is a great family experience with a wonderful view of Jerusalem. There are only a few spots left so reserve your group today.

Old City, Nachlaot and Gush Etzion Scavenger Hunt: Explore the neighborhood through this interactive game that is fun for the whole family. On Chol Hamoed there will be a special opportunity to join a pay per car hunt in Gush Etzion.  For a private group email

  • Sunday & Monday Sept 22, 23 in Gush Etzion Reserve today
  • Sunday Sept 22 at 11:00am in the Old City Reserve Today
  • Tuesday Sept 24 in Nachlaot Reserve Today

Jeeping: Explore the Jerusalem Hills as you see the beauty and learn the history. Take an hour ride near Telz Stone or reserve your own jeep with Jerusalem pickup for an additional charge.

President’s Open House: Come and meet the President of Israel Shimon Peres and be hosted in his succa. Lines form very early in the morning.
Segway & Electric Bike Tours: Travel through the ancient city on one of the most modern transportation vehicles. Ages 16+ Ask for the special Fun In Jerusalem discounted price. Choose between the Old City or Mishkenot Sheananim.

Charity Events

Kites for Shalva: Take the day to enjoy a kite festival at the beach and raise money for Shalva. Transportation is provided from Jerusalem. Monday Sept 23.

Kilometers for Koby: Enjoy a beautiful family hike in the Burma Trail and learn about the Palmach and the battles they waged on the way to Jerusalem. Money raised goes to Camp Koby which provides a summer experience for kids who have suffered from terrorist attacks. Transportation provided from Jerusalem.


Ein Yael: This year there will be a special Knights Festival at Ein Yael including a knights jousting tournament, archery, sword battles and theaterical tours of the ancient Roman street. Take a walk down an ancient Roman street and meet people who can teach you to create mosaics, bake pita, weave baskets and more. This is a wonderful living museum that is only open during the week on holidays and in the summer. It is situated in the beautiful hills across the road from the zoo and has plenty of shady areas.

Israel Museum: Experience the Illusion and ArTricks exhibit in the Youth Wing. Its fantastic and the Activity Yard has some really fun optical illusion activities. Get there early because it will be full. The Youth Wing has a special schedule of events for kids including a recycling workshop, an interactive gallery tour and a model sukka exhibit and workshop . Take a taxi because the parking is impossible and make sure to order tickets from us in advance. Children’s museum entrance is free on Sukkot! There is an extra charge for the Youth Wing activities that can be paid at the Youth Wing.

Bible Lands Museum: Theatrical tours with Biblical character Leah, cave men and a Persian Officer in charge of planning parties.  There are also art workshops with a sukkot theme.

Museum of the Underground Prisoner: Fun In Jerusalem and the Museum present an English scavenger hunt that takes you through the museum. Perfect for kids ages 7+. There will also be art workshops and an interactive game and tour of the museum.

Tower of David: Special workshop and tours based on the well known book “A Street in Jerusalem”. Theatrical tour of the museum, storytime and creative art workshops building a fortress.

Night Spectacular:
See the Tower of David in a new light through this amazing sound and light show that takes you through the ages in Jerusalem. Ages 10+. Check our calendar for showtimes each day of Sukkot and after.
Museum of Islamic Art:
Daily art workshops (the best in town) and a live children’s show each day at 12pm. Check the calendar for details.

Har Herzl Museum Family Activity: Take a guided tour with costumed actors, enjoy workshops and interact with the Interactive Herzl Board. 

City Events

Jerusalem March: Join the annual march through Jerusalem. Choose a path from Ammunition Hill or the Tayelet and march through the center of town. Kids activities will be going on all day at Gan Sacher.

Birkat Cohanim: Join thousands of people at the Western Wall for the special blessing from the Cohanim. Plan to walk there because the Old City will be closed to cars. Sunday Sept 22.

Park Jerusalem Event: This event will celebrate the opening of bike paths in Park Jerusalem. There are a few paths to choose from. Bike workshops, omega, archery and kids art workshops.

Other Ideas

Family Photos: Take this time to bring your family together for some beautiful family photos in Jerusalem. If you are here on vacation with family from around the world then this is a great opportunity to hire a photographer to take you into the Old City or Yemin Moshe for some memorable family portraits. Fun In Jerusalem highly recommends Eugene who is not only a photographer but a magician who finds ways to entertain the kids and get them to smile at just the right moment.

Arba Minim Delivered to your Hotel: Are you looking for a place to buy your lulav or etrog? Cut the hassle out of the purchase and arrange to have them delivered to your hotel or apartment. Ask for Sruli and let him know you heard about him on Fun In Jerusalem.

Outside Jerusalem

Eretz Breishit (Genesis Land): Sukkot is a perfect time to visit the land of our forefathers and be greeted with Biblical hospitality. Visit Abraham in his tent, bake pita with Eliezer and have tea with Sarah after taking a camel ride through the desert. These are only some of the great family activities at Genesis Land. Reservations are required in advance and tours are available in English. Ask us about arranging a jeep ride for you from Jerusalem to Genesis Land.

For a full listing of activities with details please visit our calendar.

About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.

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