Jewish Holiday Calendar

 

2014  

 

 

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 24        

Rosh Hashanah, 1st day

  September 25

 

 

 

 

Rosh Hashanah, 2nd day

September 26

       

Kol Nidre

October 3

       

Yom Kippur

October 4

 

 

 

 

Erev Sukkot 

October 8  

 

 

 

Sukkot, 1st day

October 9

       

Sukkot, 2nd day

October 10

 

 

 

  

Shmini Atzeret

October 16

 

 

 

 

Simchat Torah

October 17

  

 

 

 

Chanukah

December 17-24

       

 

2015

 

 

 

 

Purim

 March 5   

 

 

 

Passover (first two days)

 April 4 & 5  

 

 

 

Passover (last two days)

April 10 & 11  

 

 

 

Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Memorial Day

 April 16  

 

 

 

Yom Hazikaron - Israeli Memorial Day

April 22

 

 

 

 

Yom  Ha'atzmaut - Israeli Independence Day

April 23

 

 

 

 

Lag B'Omer

May 7 

 

 

 

 

Shavuot

May 24 & 25   

 

 

 

Tisha B'Av

July 26

 

 

 

 

Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
Beginning of Jewish year. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

Most solemn of Jewish holy days devoted to prayer, fasting, and repentance. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Sukkot (Tabernacles)
Jewish festival of thanksgiving, harvest, and remembrance of the Jews wandering in the desert after their exodus from Egypt. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Sukkot)
Concludes the festival season.

Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Law)
Reading of the Law (Torah) is completed and begun anew in the synagogue. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Chanukah (Festival of Lights)
Eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating rededication of the second Temple by the Maccabees and their victory over the Syrians in 165 BCE. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Purim
Celebrates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from a plot to exterminate them. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Pesach (Passover)
Jewish festival marking the deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Begins at sunset of preceding evening. First two days and last two days of holiday are holy days.

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Honors the memory of six million Jewish martyrs and heroes who perished in the Nazi Holocaust.

Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
Jewish holiday marking the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Shavuot (Festival of Weeks)
Jewish festival commemorating giving of the Torah (Law) on Mount Sinai. Begins at sunset of preceding evening.

Tisha B'Av
Commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av.

 

 

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