Jewish holiday traditions allow us to experience the holiness of creation with our community and families throughout each year. We divide these holidays into major holidays, minor holidays and modern holidays. Other important dates include fasts and celebrations of special Shabbat services and even the beginning of each month (Rosh Chaddesh).

 

Major holidays

Major holidays are also referred to as High Holidays. High Holidays are the most attended holidays in the jewish communities - a must do event for even Jews who do not regularly attend temple services.

 

HolidayDates
Rosh Hashana -, 2017 Th‑F
Yom Kippur  Sa
Sukkot -, 2017 Th‑F
- , 2017 Sa‑W
Shmini Atzeret  Th
Simchat Torah  F
Chanukah - , 2017 W‑W
Purim  Th
Pesach -, 2018 Sa‑Su
- , 2018 M‑Th
-, 2018 F‑Sa
Shavuot -, 2018 Su‑M
Tish'a B'Av  Su

*Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified. Dates in bold are yom tov, sharing similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat (in the sense that normal "work" is forbidden).

Minor holidays

Minor holidays reflect differing events and commitments to our world and life. As an example, Tu BiShvat is a celebration of nature equivolent to the celebration of Arbour day or Earth day. Tu BiShvat is celebrated both in the community and with families by erecting a temporary structure decorated with palm fronds and seasonal fruits. During this time we gather to enjoy natures blessings and marvel at the beauty of the sky that stretches above our home - the earth.

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat  W
Purim Katan  
Shushan Purim  F
Days of the Omer  
Pesach Sheni  Su
Lag BaOmer  Th
Tu B'Av  F
Leil Selichot Sep 1, 2018 Sa

Minor fasts

Fasts are an important aspect of Jewish worship, allowing us to feel the hunger and need of the less fortunate and purify ourselves for significant life events. Fasts precede several significant holidays and are ended with "breaking the fast" where we often celebrate with communal meals.

HolidayDates
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 24, 2017 Su
Asara B'Tevet Dec 28, 2017 Th
Ta'anit Esther Feb 28, 2018 W
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 30, 2018 F
Tzom Tammuz Jul 1, 2018 Su

Modern holidays

Modern holidays reflect our commitment to the historic homeland of Israel and the Jewish people as a whole. 

HolidayDates
Yom HaShoah  Th
Yom HaZikaron  W
Yom HaAtzma'ut  Th
Yom Yerushalayim  Su
Yom HaAliyah  F
Sigd  Sa

Special Shabbatot

Special Shabbat services are held throughout the year and often carry on the themes of growth and development expressed by neighboring high holidays.

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shuva  Sa
Shabbat Shekalim  Sa
Shabbat Zachor  Sa
Shabbat Parah  Sa
Shabbat HaChodesh  Sa
Shabbat HaGadol  Sa
Shabbat Chazon  Sa
Shabbat Nachamu  Sa
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh  
Shabbat Machar Chodesh  

Rosh Chodesh

The jewish calender is a lunar calendar that has been maintained since the beginning. This year marks the year 5778. Each month is 29 to 30 days in length and begins with the new moon. Below are the beginning dates of each jewish month. 

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan  F
Rosh Chodesh Kislev  Su
Rosh Chodesh Tevet  M
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat  W
Rosh Chodesh Adar  Th
Rosh Chodesh Adar II  
Rosh Chodesh Nisan  Sa
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar  Su
Rosh Chodesh Sivan  Tu
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz  W
Rosh Chodesh Av  F
Rosh Chodesh Elul  Sa
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