Jewish Holidays and Government Lockdown: Message for Students – September 24, 2020

Dear Students,

As you are aware, the next few weeks include various Jewish holidays combined with a full government lockdown, which starts on Friday, 25 September, and continues until Sunday, 11 October.

Due to the holidays, we have set up a timetable for when the International School staff will be available for our international students. Please don’t worry. There will always be someone to talk to if you have a question, concern, or problem.

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) takes place on Sunday, 27 and Monday, 28 September. Bar-Ilan University and, of course, the International School offices, will be closed.

The offices will be open as usual from Tuesday, 29 September until Thursday, 1 October and all services will be back to normal.

Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) takes place from Friday 2 October until Saturday 10 October. During this time, the university and the International School will be closed.

However, as mentioned, we will be still available to respond to international student inquiries, although on a less frequent basis. Below is a list of who is on duty and when, as well as ways to get in touch.

We have also created a WhatsApp group for international students so it is easier to get in touch with the International School staff during this complicated time. If you are not connected to the group yet, please email Devorah Haber ( so she can add you!

Everything will return to normal regarding our office hours from Sunday, 11 October, after the holidays.

As part of the general closure (government lockdown), which will be applied in Israel from 2-11 October, no entry visas will be issued, and entry into, or exit from, Israel will not be allowed. You can follow the latest posts on the International School’s Facebook page for more information.

Registration for degrees starting in October 2020 (the first semester) will end on September 30. Applications for the second semester (starting in March 2021) as well as for the 2021-2022 academic year can be submitted from 1 October 2020.

We wish you all a Shana Tovah and a meaningful and easy Fast. G’Mar Chatima Tovah.

The International School Team


Name Tel Email Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs
      4/10 5/10 6/10 7/10 8/10
Dafi Kremer 03-5318128 Dafi Kremer
Zvi Swisa 03-7384247 Zvi Swisa Zvi Swisa
Yael Toledano 03-7384720 Yael Toledano Yael Toledano
Devorah Haber 03-7384742  Devorah Haber Devorah Haber Devorah Haber Devorah Haber Devorah Haber


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BIU Research about COVID-19

COVID-19 & BIU International Students 

This page contains advice for international students at Bar-Ilan University on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Throughout these challenging times, we are here in order to help you. On this page, we will provide relevant updates and the latest information on the situation from the Ministry of Health as it relates to Israel and Bar-Ilan.

Your physical and emotional health is important to us. We are here to support you throughout this time!

Below are links for the updated information, as well as links for how to remain connected with the International School Team and other international students.

Wishing you and your family the best of health,

BIU International School Team

Israel Ministry of Health Updated Guidelines

*It’s important to note that a violation can lead to a high fine or even a prison sentence

Bar-Ilan University Statements

For Bar-Ilan University Student Services – Click here
Update on Moed Bets – Click here 
Emotional Support During Corona

Travel & Visas 

Currently, all visas are extended through June 30th, 2020

This decision applies to anyone holding visas: A5 (temporary residents), B1 general (work visa and general), A1 (provisional status for eligible students), A2 (students) and yeshiva students, A3 clerics, A4 (ancillary not 2 or 3)

Workers in the nursing, agriculture, building and specialist sectors – have issued separate guidelines in their case.

Minister Deri: During this difficult time, it is not appropriate for the public to find itself unanswered and therefore I have announced that the extension of these visa holders will be done automatically without having to go to the bureaus.

Students Living on Campus

As per the new guidelines going into effect March 25, 2020:

  1. Food deliveries will not be allowed on campus, collection must be arranged at the gate (it has to be taken into account that deliveries will be delayed due to store load)
  2. Guards will check the temperature of all students upon entering campus as well as for any on-campus entrance.
  3. Public transportation is almost inactive and should not be relied upon. In the meantime, taxis will be allowed to drive up to one person in the back seat.

The campus is not completely closed but will only allow entry and exit from these gates, upon presentation of ID:

Car Gate 1 – Free entry and exit

Gate 2- open until 8 pm

Gate 25 – open until 18:30

Gate 30 – open until 22:00

Gates 5, 40, 20 are closed

Please note that there may be changes, we will be in continuous contact with the university security and we will update you.

In addition, food stores and restaurants will be closed, preparations must be made to buy consumer goods at an off-campus supermarket.

If there are questions about academic matters or need to attend the laboratory, this should be coordinated directly with your academic supervisor.

If there is a safety or health emergency, call the Security Emergency 03-5317777

If there are dormitory related issues, contact 03-7364867,


For medical questions about the disease or possible exposure, call Magen David Adom Emergency Services Hotline – dial 101.

For questions about home isolation and general questions about the novel coronavirus, call the Ministry of Health Hotline *5400 (08:00-23:00) or HMO Hotlines: Clalit *2700, Maccabi *3555, Meuhedet *3833, Leumit *507.

FAQs at BIU during this time – Click here

To reach out for any questions, comments, or concerns: 

Devorah Haber, Coordinator of Student Affairs & Well-being

To stay connected with other international students and the International School Team:

Whatsapp group for all international students-

Whatsapp group for international students living on campus-

International School Activities