Major Jewish Holidays


Rosh Hashana is the start of the new Jewish year.  

Begins sunset Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ends nightfall on Friday, September 22, 2017


YOM KIPPUR                         

Yom Kippur is our Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. It is traditional to fast on this Holy Day.

Begins sunset of Friday, September 29, 2017

Ends nightfall of Saturday, September 30, 2017



Sukkot is a holiday to remember our forty year journey through the desert after our exodus from Egypt. It is a traditional to eat in a Sukkah (a temporary outdoor structure) for the duration of the holiday.

Begins sunset of Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ends nightfall of Wednesday, October 11, 2017


SIMCHAT TORAH                 

Simchat Torah marks the end of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the start of a new cycle.                                                

Begins Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ends nightfall of Friday, October 13, 2017



Often called the Festival of Lights, Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors (the Maccabees) defeated the occupying Greek armies.

Begins sunset of Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ends nightfall of Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Tu B’Shevat marks the Birthday of the Trees.

Begins sunset of Friday, February 10, 2017

Ends nightfall of Saturday, February 11, 2017



Purim celebrates the rescue of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Ester of Persia.

Begins sunset of Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ends nightfall of Sunday, March 12, 2017



The holiday of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

Begins sunset of Monday, April 10, 2017

Ends nightfall of Tuesday, April 18, 2017


YOM HA’SHOAH                   

Yom Ha’Shoah is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Begins sunset Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ends nightfall of Sunday, April 24, 2017


YOM HA’ZIKARON                

Yom Ha’Zikaron is Israeli Memorial Day.

Begins sunset Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ends nightfall of Monday May 1, 2017



Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebrates Israeli Independence Day.

Begins sunset Monday, May 1, 2017

Ends nightfall of Tuesday, May 2, 2017



Lag B’Omer is the birthday of Jewish mysticism.

Begins sunset of Saturday, May 14, 2017

Ends nightfall of Sunday, May 15, 2017



Shavuot commemorates the giving of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Begins sunset of Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ends nightfall of Thursday, June 1, 2017


TISHA B’AV                           

Tisha B’Av is a fast day commemorating the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem.

Begins sunset of Monday, July 31, 2017

Ends nightfall of Tuesday, August 1, 2017