Thu January 16th
The New Year for Trees, typically trees are planted at this time.
Sat March 15th from sunset – Sun March 16th until nightfall
Commemorates events from the Book of Esther.
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.
Sun May 18th
Associated with the uprising against the Roman Empire in Israel.
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.
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.
Fri October 3rd from sunset – Sat October 4th until nightfall
Jewish Holy Day for atonement and reconciliation including fasting and prayer.
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.