Shabbat in Israel

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the Jewish holy dayof the week observed every Saturday. Shabbat starts at sunset on Friday andendsat sundown on Saturday evening.

  • All public offices are closed on Shabbat, as are banks, most stores and businesses; throughout Israel there is a growing number of shops open on Shabbat.
  • In most cities, public transportation (trains and buses) donot operate on Shabbat.
  • Most non-kosher restaurants are openon Shabbat.
  • Itis recommended to check in advance if you are planning on visiting a specific location.
  • Radio andTV broadcasts operate as usual.
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