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Israel bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Israel Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Mar.    Sun Purim Bank Holiday (Tel-Aviv) Reg+Bnk
        Mon Purim Bank Holiday (Jerusalem) Reg+Bnk
Apr. 11 Tue First Day of Pessah (Passover)
     12 Wed Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     13 Thu Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     14 Fri Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     16 Sun Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     17 Mon Last Day of Pessah (Passover)
May   2 Tue Independence Day Holiday
     31 Wed Shavuot (Pentecost)
Aug.  1 Tue Tisha b'Av Bank Holiday Banks
Sep. 21 Thu Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
     22 Fri Rosh Hashanah Holiday
     30 Sat Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Oct.  4 Wed Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
      5 Thu First Day of Sukkot (Harvest)
      6 Fri Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
      8 Sun Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
      9 Mon Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     10 Tue Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     11 Wed Bank Holiday (afternoon) Bnk+Aft
     12 Thu Simhat Torah
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

15 Oct 2016 Israel 2017 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Israel-BOI) The Bank of Israel has released the official list of the days in 2017 which will be observed as bank and public holidays in Israel, as part of its annual announcement of the "List of days in 2017 apart from Saturdays, which will be observed as Bank and Public Holidays in Israel".  20 Jun 2016 Israel Votes Alyah National Holiday (Haaretz-Tel Aviv) Later today, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) is expected to unanimously approve the second and third reading of a bill which will introduce a new holiday in Israel to commemorate the Aliyah.  09 Nov 2015 Israel 2016 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Israel-BOI) The Bank of Israel has officially released the list of days in 2016 which will be observed as bank and public holidays in Israel, as part of its annual announcement of the "List of days in 2016 apart from Saturdays, which will be observed as Bank and Public Holidays in Israel".  01 Aug 2014 Israel 2015 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Israel-BOI) The Bank of Israel has officially released the list of days in 2015 which will be observed as bank and public holidays in Israel, as part of its annual announcement of the "List of days in 2015 apart from Saturdays, which will be observed as Bank and Public Holidays in Israel".  02 Dec 2013 Israel Referendum Public Holiday Restored (The Times of Israel-Jerusalem) The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation has approved the declaration of a national non-working public holiday in Israel, to coincide with a yet-to-be-announced "land for peace" referendum.  16 Jul 2013 Israeli November 30 National Holiday (Haaretz-Tel Aviv) The Ministerial Committee for Legislation of the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) has endorsed a proposal to declare November 30 as a national day to commemorate the eviction of Jews from many Arab countries following the creation of the state of Israel.  01 Jul 2013 Israel 2014 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Israel-BOI) The Bank of Israel has officially released the list of days in 2014 which will be observed as bank and public holidays in Israel, as part of its annual announcement of the "Days on which BOI will not publish Foreign Exchange rates in 2014".  06 Jan 2013 Israeli Bank Holiday January 22 (Press Releases from the Central Elections Committee of Israel-Tel Aviv) The Bank of Israel has issued a press release announcing that Tuesday, January 22, 2013, would also be a bank holiday in Israel (January 22, 2013, will not be considered a business day in the banking system).  18 Dec 2012 Israeli Public Holiday January 22 (Press Releases from the Central Elections Committee of Israel-Tel Aviv) Israel's Central Elections Committee has issued a statement confirming that Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the date of the upcoming elections to the 19th Knesset, would be a non-working public holiday in Israel.  09 Sep 2012 Israeli New Year Public Sector Holidays (Israel's Ministry of Interior-Tel Aviv) Many Israeli ministries, including Israel's Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labour, have announced extended closures to coincide with the upcoming Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Israel public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

The Jewish day begins at sundown, on the Western date before any specified date. The dates shown here are for the dates during which stores and businesses are closed.  Start of Public Holidays: Officially, public holidays start, the sunset before and end the next day at sunset. Banks, businesses and public institutions are closed at these times. In most major cities many restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and discotheques remain open. Most public transport ceases (other than in Haifa, Eilat and a few smaller localities), although taxi service is available.  The Shabbat (Sabbath, Saturday) is a day of rest in Israel, starting Friday night at sunset and ending Saturday night at sunset.  Banks: Banks are closed on Saturdays and on all Israeli public holidays. They are also closed during the afternoon.on Fridays and on the eve of the public holidays of Independence Day, Shavuot (Pentecost), First Day of Sukkot, as well as on the intermediate days of Pessah (Passover) and Sukkot (Harvest).  Banking hours vary from bank to bank and branch to branch. They are usually open in the mornings daily and late afternoons a few afternoons a week.  In addition, the Bank of Israel will be closed on the following days which are working days in other banking institutions: Eve of Pessah (Passover), Eve of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), Eve of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).  The Ethiopian Sigd Festival was added to the list of Israel's Nationa holidays in 2008. The festival, celebrated for over 2,000 years by Jews in Ethiopia, symbolizes the renewal of the covenant with God and the Diaspora community's longing for Zion. Although it is not a full national public holiday, those observing it will be granted a vacation day by law.  Independence Day moves depending on the day of the week when it occurs.  Election Day: Due to the importance given to the democratic process in Israel, election days are akin to public holidays, with a general day off work, and free public transport for people who live some distance away from polling stations.  Hanukkah or Chanukah is not a public holiday in Israel.  Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah is celebrated in Israel, since 1959, on the 27th day of the month of Nisan of the Jewish calendar and is not to be confused with the United Nation's International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, established on November 1, 2005, and which occurs every year on the fixed date of January 27 .  Although New Year's Day according to the Gregorian calendar (January 1st) is not considered an official holiday, Israelis do tend to celebrate New Year’s Eve (December 31st) with much fanfare; as the civilian new year, free of any religious connotations. However, unless New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday or Friday, people still need to go to work or school the next morning, as there is no day off for New Year’s Day (January 1st) in Israel.  Israel International Codes IL and ISR (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .il (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Israel information and news: Bank of Israel (Israel central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Israel maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Israel), and Wikipedia (includes Israel commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Israel, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Israel, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Israel, before planning any trip to Israel. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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