Religious Calendar

JUDAISM — Hebrew Calendar: Year 1= 3760 BCE

Note:

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

2019

2020

Holiday/Observance/Celebration

August 11th, 2019 July 30th, 2020

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.

September 30th - October 1st, 2019  September 10th - 20th, 2020 

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.

October 9, 2019 September 28, 2020

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.

October 14th - 15th, 2019  October 3rd - 4th, 2020

Sukkoth is a pilgrimage feast and a time of thanksgiving for God’s presence in creation and among the Jewish people.

October 21s, 2019 October 10th, 2020

Shmini Atzeret, the Eighth Day of Assembly, is a holiday that concludes Sukkoth and marks the beginning of winter in Israel.

October 22, 2019 October 11, 2020

Simhat Torah, Rejoicing of the Law, celebrates the beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle at the synagogue.

April 20th-21st and 26th-27th, 2019 April 9th-10th and 15th-16th, 2020

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.

June 9th-10th, 2019  May 29th-30th, 2020 

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).