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jerusalem New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve in Jerusalem. Does anyone know if there are any happenings on new year's eve for a family with a child? Any fireworks? or where do people go? What would you recommend? Wailing wall? Russian neighborhood? Please shre your impressions what is on where.

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1. Re: jerusalem New Year's Eve

New Years is barely celebrated in Israel. Sunday, Jan 1 is a regular work day. It is celebrated less in Jerusalem than it is in Tel Aviv. There will be a handful of bars with parties but by and large it is a non-issue. The Kotel ( Western Wall) would be the LAST place to go and expect anything re: New Years. As far as the Jewish calendar is concerned--New Years is Rosh Hashannah. You have a better chance of finding something in a Russian neighborhood but I do not know where in Jerusalem that would be. The Russian Compound is NOT Russian. Maybe in the Christian Quarter of the Old city--but that is a guess on my part. I would also check the Y and the American Colony Hotel ( both non-Kosher establishments) but I do not know how a child would fit into any celebration they may or may not have.

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Mikes Place. 33 Jaffa Rd. Live Band with Rock & Roll party.

See here for info...... www.mikesplacebars.com/parties/silvester.html

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Inasmuch as Mike's place in Jerusalem is Kosher I am surprised they are being allowed to have a New Year's Eve Party!

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4. Re: jerusalem New Year's Eve

Rdglady is correct. Those who visit Israel during the 'holiday season' may be deeply disappointed if they're expecting the public festivities you're used to in countries with an overwhelming Christian majority.

Christmas and New Years Day are not official holidays in Israel. These are normal work days in our calendar. You will need to make a big effort in order to "feel" either of these holidays in Israel, especially in areas with a Jewish majority.

New Year's Eve is referred to by Israelis as the "Sylvester." You may be surprised, but many Israeli Jews confuse the holidays of December 24/25 and December 31/Jan 1. The only places you'll find any celebration on Dec 31st would be in the most secular, non-religious circles and in the Russian immigrant community. Some non-kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv will have special dinners that night and a few clubs there will have parties. But particularly in [Jewish] Jerusalem, I'd expect virtually no celebration at all, certainly not public festivities and fireworks.

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5. Re: jerusalem New Year's Eve

In Communist Russia, xmas was outlawed, but New Year's was allowed, and consequently New Year's took on great celebratory significance. Many secular Russian olim continue to celebrate New Years even though it is largely ignored in Israel. Perhaps you can find some New Year celebration in a restaurant or club which caters to Russian clientelle?

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The Russian Orthodox New Years celebration will be on January 6th as this is the date of that holiday for them.

The Christian Quarter would be the place to go in Jerusalem. There are already Christmas trees in some establishments and while as mentioned, the holiday is not really celebrated in Israel, you may feel a bit of what you are used to.

There is a saying 'when in Rome...' Since you won't feel that it's New Years, you probably won't miss the celebrations. You can always wake up before 7 a.m. and watch the Times Square celebration on TV.

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7. Re: jerusalem New Year's Eve

Hello! During the last 10 years, more and more people who was born in Israel celebrate the New Year, some people also celebrate Christmas feast! Mostly people who celebrates Christmas in Israel are Israeli arabs, or Messianic Jews who believes that Jesus is the Messiah

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8. Re: jerusalem New Year's Eve

The majority of Israeli Arabs are Muslim and wouldn't be celebrating. The Christian Arabs would be. Messianic Jews ( who are not recognized as Jews by Israel, but as Christians) would of course be celebrating. There may even be something at the Mormon College!

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