Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the Jewish holy day of the week observed every Saturday. Shabbat starts at sunset on Friday and ends at 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) do not operate on Shabbat.
  • ​​Most non-kosher restaurants are open on Shabbat.
  • ​It is recommended to check in advance if you are planning on visiting a specific location.
  • ​​Radio and TV broadcasts operate as usual.
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