Yom Yerushalayim


Yom Yerushalayim (YOHM yeh-roo-shah-LAH-yeem) listen


  • n. A holiday on the 28th of Iyar celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem during Israel's victory in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Example Sentences

  • "The Yom Yerushalayim service in the synagogue will commence at 8 P.M." (Glinert)

  • "Israel’s Progressive (Reform) prayerbook notes that Hallel should be recited on Yom Yerushalayim, but not so the Masorti (Conservative) prayerbook, which does suggest a list of supplemental readings for this day." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • יום ירושלים 'lit. Jerusalem day'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


  • "Before the war, parts of the Old City of Jerusalem were controlled by Jordan, and Jews were forbidden to enter. Today, Jerusalem is part of Israel and all people are free to visit any part of the sacred city, which contains buildings and relics important to Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The holiday is traditionally celebrated with festive services and a party. Along with Yom ha-Atzmaut and Yom ha-Zikaron, it is one of three Israeli holidays in the month of Iyar." (JPS)

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