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What is the current time now in Jerusalem, Israel?

Clock showing the local time right now in Jerusalem (Israel Time Zone)

What Time Zone is Jerusalem, Israel in?

Standard Time is 2 hours ahead Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

Does Jerusalem, Israel operate Daylight Saving (Summer) Time?

Source: Government of Jerusalem, Israel -  http://www.gov.il/FirstGov/NewsEng/SavingTime_news.htm

Jerusalem, Israel operates Daylight-Saving Time which is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). According to the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, there is no set rule for Daylight-saving time changes.  One thing that is entrenched in law is that there must be at least 150 days of Daylight-Saving Time annually.

At that time the clock will be moved forward one hour, from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time is enforced in areas where there is a great difference between daylight hours in summer and in winter. In Jerusalem, Israel, for example, there are 10 hours of daylight in winter and over 14 hours of daylight in the summer. In countries where there is such a difference, Daylight Saving Time is enforced and the result is more daylight hours during waking hours.

Near the equator, daytime and night-time are nearly the same length (12 hours); therefore, Daylight Saving Time is not helpful and there is no point in using it.

Reasons for Enforcing Daylight Saving Time

Savings in Energy – Daylight Saving Time gives us an additional hour of daylight in our waking hours. That is, one hour less a day to use lighting.

Maximum use of the workday

Daylight Saving Time causes people to change their sleeping hours so that they rise closer to sunrise and make better use of their working hours.

Accident Prevention

Due to Daylight Saving Time most heavy traffic will be during daylight hours. As the danger of accidents is greater during darkness, it is safe to assume that Daylight Saving Time will reduce traffic accidents.

Daylight Saving Time in Jerusalem, Israel

There has been a long running debate around Daylight Saving Time in Jerusalem, Israel. The main reason is the damage to the religious population as result of the clock change, from the following aspects:

The Morning Prayer – moving the clock moves sunrise one hour forward and also postpones the Morning Prayer by one hour. This makes it difficult for those who pray to get to work on time.

Problems with fulfilling the Mitzvah of fasting on the Ninth day of Av and Yom Kippur – it is usually easier to fast in the evening in the hours before bedtime and more difficult to fast in the morning. Because of Daylight Saving Time people go to bed early and get up early, which makes the fast more difficult.

Legislation Change sets Jerusalem, Israeli Daylight Saving Time

In 1992 “Daylight Saving Time Law” was enacted, establishing that Daylight Saving Time will be enforced every year for a period of at least 5 months. However, exact dates were not established. The decision about the exact dates was given to the Minister of the Interior, subject to approval of the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee. The need for uniformity over the years brought on an amendment to the law in 2005, which determined the following:

The move to Daylight Saving Time will always occur on the last Friday before April 2nd, at 2:00 a.m.

The move back to standard time will occur on the Sunday before the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, at 2:00 a.m. The determination of the move back to standard time according to the Jewish calendar ensures that it will always occur on Saturday night between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur.

Current schedule of agreed Summer Time in Jerusalem, Israel:

Year Date of Change to Daylight Saving Time: 

March 31, 2006 
March 30, 2007 
March 28, 2008
March 27, 2009 
March 26, 2010 



Date of Change to Standard Time:
October 1, 2006
September 16, 2007
October 5, 2008
September 27, 2009
September 12, 2010




What is the International Telephone Dialling Code for Jerusalem, Israel?

The International Dialling Code for Jerusalem, Israel is +972 2.


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