Tu B’Shevat

Thu January 16th

The New Year for Trees, typically trees are planted at this time.


Purim

Sat March 15th from sunset – Sun March 16th until nightfall

Commemorates events from the Book of Esther.


Passover

Mon April 14th from sunset – Tues April 22nd until nightfall

One of the pilgrimage festivals it commemorates Israelite’s flight from Egypt which was so rapid their bread was unleavened due to lack of time to rise.


Second Passover or Pesach Sheni

Wed. May 14th

A minor holiday, not practiced by all – for those who were too far from Jerusalem for the first Passover.


Lag B’Omer

Sun May 18th

Associated with the uprising against the Roman Empire in Israel.


Shavuot

BAT MITZVAH STAR OF DAVID NECKLACETues June 3rd from sunset – Thurs June 5th until nightfall

A pilgrimage festival and biblical holiday, reputedly when the Ten Commandments were given.


The Three Weeks

Tues June 15th – Tues August 5th including:

Fast of the 17th Tammuz – July 15th

Fast of Tish’a B’Av – August 4th & 5th

A time of mourning over the Jewish Temple destruction.


The 15th of Av

Mon Aug 11th

A day of happiness, joy, love and rebirth.


Rosh Hashanah

Wed. September 24th from sunset – Fri September 26th until nightfall including:

The Month of Elul – from Wed. August 27th – Wed. September 24th

Fast of Gedaliah - Sun September 28th

A time of Memorial including prayer and a casting-off of any sin.


Yom Kippur

Fri October 3rd from sunset – Sat October 4th until nightfall

Jewish Holy Day for atonement and reconciliation including fasting and prayer.


Sukkot

Wed. October 8th from sunset – Wed. October 15th until nightfall including:

Hoshanah Rabbah – Wednesday October 15th One of the biblical pilgrimage festivals of remembering the time spent in the desert, journeying to the Promised Land.

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Weds October 15th from sunset – Fri October 17th until nightfall Means to rejoice with the Torah, the Jewish holy book.


Hanukkah or Chanukah

Tues December 16th from sunset – Weds December 24th until nightfall

Known as the festival of lights, it is a minor religious holiday, but more significant informally and customs include eating foods cooked in oil and giving money to children.