Jewish Calendar

Jewish Holidays* and Modern Celebrations

*Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date noted.


High Holidays 2017/5778  |  September 21-30
The Jewish High Holidays, also called the Days of Awe or the 10 Days of Repentance, refer to the 10 day period which begins on Rosh Hashanah and ends on Yom Kippur. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to examine our own shortcomings, engaging in repentance and the improvement of our ways in anticipation of the new year. 

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, and is observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This year marks the Jewish Year 5777. Special customs include attending synagogue, hearing the shofar (an ancient musical instrument crafted from a ram's horn), sending greeting cards, eating round challah, dipping apples in honey for a sweet new year and symbolically casting away sins by throwing breadcrumbs into a body of natural water.

2017: September 21-22
2018: September 10-11
2019: September 30 - October 1
2020: September 19-20

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Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement
Yom Kippur is the Jewish "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. This solemn day is a time to reflect on the past year, ask for forgiveness and for a good year to come. This day is considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is observed by fasting for the entire 25 hours of the holiday, refraining from social activities, engaging in prayer/asking for forgiveness, silent confession, and hearing the shofar.

2017: September 30
2018: September 19
2019: October 9
2020: September 28

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Sukkot: The Feast of the Tabernacles
2017: October 5–11
2018: September 24–30
2019: October 14–20
2020: October 3–9

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Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: Celebrates the completion of the reading of the Torah
2017: October 12-13
2018: October 1-2
2019: October 21-22
2020: October 10-11

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Chanukah: Celebrating when the courageous Maccabees regained control of the Temple.
2017: December 13-20
2018: December 3-10
2019: December 23-30
2020: December 11-18

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Fast of the 9th of Av – Tisha Be Av
The saddest day in the Jewish calendar. It is observed with a whole day fast.
2017: July 31 - August 1
2018: July 21-22
2019: August 10-11
2020: July 29-30

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Tu B’ Av – 15th of Av 
2017: August 6
2018: July 27
2019: August 16
2020: August 5

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