Traffic jam along Route 1
Traffic jam along Route 1Nati Shohat/Flash 90

In preparation for Rosh Hashanah 5776, hundreds of police officers and volunteers have been deployed on Sunday to man traffic on major urban and intercity roads throughout Israel. 

According to police estimates, there are likely to be three waves of traffic on the eve of the Jewish New Year: between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and from 10:30 p.m. until after midnight.

The increased deployment of police officers on roads will continue throughout the holiday, which ends on Tuesday night. 

The head of Israel Police's Traffic Division, Yaron Be'eri, will oversee the operation. Meanwhile, a situation room for reports from the field has been opened at the Traffic Division's headquarters in Beit Dagan. 

Police have called on the public to exercise caution while driving, particularly by increasing their level of awareness as well as avoiding stopping on the shoulder of roads. 

Rosh Hashanah will begin and end, respectively, at: 6:13 p.m. and 7:23 p.m. in Jerusalem; 6:28 and 7:25 in Tel Aviv; 6:19 and 7:24 in Haifa and 6:30 and 7:25 in Beersheva.