Faith Holidays

JUDAISM — Hebrew Calendar: Year 1= 3760 BCE


While a day in the secular calendar begins and ends at midnight, a Jewish day goes from nightfall to nightfall.




March 27 - April 4 April 15 - April 23 Pesah (Passover) commemorates the departure of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Celebrated over 7/8 days, the first two days and the last two are holidays
May 16-18 June 4 - 6 Shavuot marks the closing of the seven weeks that follow Pesah and commemorates the giving of the Torah to Moses and the Israelites. It is celebrated over one day in Israel and 2 days by Jews in the Diaspora (outside of Israel).
July 18, 2021 August 6, 2022 Tish’a B’Av, the ninth of the month of Av, is a major fast day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem in ancient times.
Sept 6-8 Sept 25-27 Rosh Hashanah, New Year’s Day in the Jewish calendar (5777), anniversary of the creation of the world and the first of the Ten days of Awe.
September 16, 2021 October 5, 2022 Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the year’s holiest day and a day of fasting. Jews ask forgiveness from and forgive others, as to re-establish oneness with God, as well as confessing their sins and asking God for forgiveness.
Sept 20 - 27 October 9 - 11 Sukkot is a pilgrimage feast and a time of thanksgiving for God’s presence in creation and among the Jewish people.
Sept 27 - 29 October 17, 2022 Shemini Atzeret, the Eighth Day of Assembly, is a holiday that concludes Sukkoth and marks the beginning of winter in Israel.
September 29, 2021 October 18, 2022 Simchat Torah, Rejoicing of the Law, celebrates the beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle at the synagogue
November 28 - December 6 December 18 - 24 Hanukkah (Chanukah) also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah happens over eight days and nights commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Second Temple in the 2nd century BCE