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 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.
|Rosh Hashana||-, 2017 Th‑F||The Jewish New Year|
|Yom Kippur||Sa||Day of Atonement|
|Sukkot||-, 2017 Th‑F
- , 2017 Sa‑W
|Feast of Tabernacles|
|Shmini Atzeret||Th||Eighth Day of Assembly|
|Simchat Torah||F||Day of Celebrating the Torah|
|Chanukah||- , 2017 W‑W||The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights|
|Purim||Th||Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar|
|Pesach||-, 2018 Sa‑Su
- , 2018 M‑Th
-, 2018 F‑Sa
|Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread|
|Shavuot||-, 2018 Su‑M||Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai|
|Tish'a B'Av||Su||The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples|
*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 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.
|Tu BiShvat||W||New Year for Trees|
|Purim Katan||Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years|
|Shushan Purim||F||Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities|
|Days of the Omer||7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot|
|Pesach Sheni||Su||Second Passover, one month after Passover|
|Lag BaOmer||Th||33rd day of counting the Omer|
|Tu B'Av||F||Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine's Day|
|Leil Selichot||Sep 1, 2018 Sa||Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays|
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.
|Tzom Gedaliah||Sep 24, 2017 Su||Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah|
|Asara B'Tevet||Dec 28, 2017 Th||Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem|
|Ta'anit Esther||Feb 28, 2018 W||Fast of Esther|
|Ta'anit Bechorot||Mar 30, 2018 F||Fast of the First Born|
|Tzom Tammuz||Jul 1, 2018 Su||Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple|
Modern holidays reflect our commitment to the historic homeland of Israel and the Jewish people as a whole.
|Yom HaShoah||Th||Holocaust Memorial Day|
|Yom HaZikaron||W||Israeli Memorial Day|
|Yom HaAtzma'ut||Th||Israeli Independence Day|
|Yom Yerushalayim||Su||Jerusalem Day|
|Yom HaAliyah||F||Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel|
|Sigd||Sa||Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur|
Special Shabbat services are held throughout the year and often carry on the themes of growth and development expressed by neighboring high holidays.
|Shabbat Shuva||Sa||Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)|
|Shabbat Shekalim||Sa||Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar|
|Shabbat Zachor||Sa||Shabbat before Purim|
|Shabbat Parah||Sa||Shabbat of the Red Heifer|
|Shabbat HaChodesh||Sa||Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan|
|Shabbat HaGadol||Sa||Shabbat before Pesach|
|Shabbat Chazon||Sa||Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)|
|Shabbat Nachamu||Sa||Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)|
|Shabbat Rosh Chodesh||When Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh|
|Shabbat Machar Chodesh||When Shabbat falls the day before 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.
|Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan||F||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan|
|Rosh Chodesh Kislev||Su||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev|
|Rosh Chodesh Tevet||M||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet|
|Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat||W||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat|
|Rosh Chodesh Adar||Th||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar|
|Rosh Chodesh Adar II||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)|
|Rosh Chodesh Nisan||Sa||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan|
|Rosh Chodesh Iyyar||Su||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar|
|Rosh Chodesh Sivan||Tu||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan|
|Rosh Chodesh Tamuz||W||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz|
|Rosh Chodesh Av||F||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av|
|Rosh Chodesh Elul||Sa||Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul|