SIGNIFICANT DATES IN THE JEWISH CALENDAR

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Tu BiShvat טו בשבט

Ta'anit Esther / תענית אסתר

Ta'anit Esther / תענית אסתר

Tu BiShvat takes place on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. We also refer to it as "The New Year of the Trees".  On this day we celebrate the earliest-blooming trees as they emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. is also worth noting that it is one of four "New Years" mentioned in the Mishnah.


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Ta'anit Esther / תענית אסתר

Ta'anit Esther / תענית אסתר

Ta'anit Esther / תענית אסתר

The Fast of Esther is a fast that takes place from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by jews in the story of Purim. Like other minor fasts, Ta'anit Esther begins at dawn (first light) and ends at nightfall (full dark). This is one of many minor fasting dates in the Jewish calendar.

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Purim / פורים

Ta'anit Esther / תענית אסתר

Purim / פורים

Purim is on of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish calendar year. We commemorate the deliverance of the Jews in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman who actually wanted to kill them all.  Observance of the holiday begins with dressing up in fancy dress. Some dress as characters from the Purim story, others however dress in all kinds of fun costumes.

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Pesach / פסח

Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון

Yom HaShoah / יום השואה

Passover as it is known commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The holiday originated in the Torah, where the word pesach refers to the ancient Passover sacrifice. It is also said to refer to the idea that God “passed over” (pasach) the houses of the Jews during the 10th plague on the Egyptians, the slaying of the first born. The holiday is ultimately a celebration of freedom, and the story of the exodus from Egypt. 

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Yom HaShoah / יום השואה

Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון

Yom HaShoah / יום השואה

Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed nationally as Israel's day of commemoration for the six million Jews and and millions more who were murdered in the Holocaust by Nazi Germany and its accomplices. This was inaugurated in 1953, by  then Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. 

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Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון

Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון

Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון

This poignant day is Israel’s Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the whole country, as everyone comes to a stand still no matter what they are doing to give a minutes silence. The Memorial Day was made an official national holiday in 1963.

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Yom HaAtzma'ut / יום העצמאות

Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

A time for celebration, Israeli Independence Day. Here we commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948. The state ceremony delivering  Yom Haatzmaut takes place at Mount Herzl, Israel’s military cemetery close to Theodor Herzl’s grave. And from there the city is just awash with events, parties, outdoor get togethers, concerts and general good feeling.

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Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

Jerusalem Day  is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City of Jerusalem in June 1967. It was the Chief Rabbinate of Israel who declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank Hashem for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of "Next Year in Jerusalem".

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Shavuot / שבועות

Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

Shavuot / שבועות

Shavuot which translated from Hebrew means 'weeks' is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The two day long holiday marks the end of the seven week Counting of the Omer– the time period between Passover and the day God delivering the Torah to Moses and the Israelites on Mt. Sinai.

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Tish'a B'Av / תשעה באב

Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה

Tish'a B'Av / תשעה באב

This holiday commemorates the numerous tragedies that have befallen  the Jewish people throughout history, In particular the destruction of the two temples in 586 BCE and 70 CE. It is believed that many of the tragedies remembered on Tisha B’Av actually occurred on this date. Tisha B’av is the culmination of a three-week period of mourning.

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Tu B'Av / טו באב

Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה

Tish'a B'Av / תשעה באב

This is known as the Jewish day of love. This was originally hailed as a post biblical day of joy, it served as a tie of coming together for unmarried women in the second temple period (before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.). ay of love slightly resembling Valentines Day in English-speaking countries. It has now also become,e a popular day for couples to marry.

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Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה

Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה

Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year.  It is the first of what we call the High Holidays (or High Holy Days), a ten-day period that ends with Yom Kippur—the holiest day of the Jewish year. On Rosh Hashanah, Jews from all over the world celebrate God’s creation of the world. Rosh Hashanah is two days long, and it usually occurs during the month of September.

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Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Yom Kippur, otherwise known as (The Day of Atonement) is the day of repentance, This is the most holy day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is a day of reflection, fasting and prayer. Its a culmination of a period of time during the month of Elul in which Jews are required to take stock of their lives, to ask forgiveness from friends and family, and to take steps toward self-improvement for the year to come.

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Sukkot / סוכות

Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Sukkot is known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” and the “Feast of Booths.” It is one of Judaism’s three central pilgrimage festivals, Building a Sukkah is an icon of Sukkot along with the use of the Etrog fruit. The sukkah is a wooden structure built outside usually in people's gardens. Its roof is made from branches, It is traditional to decorate the sukkah and to spend as much time in it as possible. Weather permitting, meals are eaten in the sukkah, and the hardier among us may also elect to sleep in them, a little like camping.

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Chanukah / חנוכה

Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Chanukah / חנוכה

Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights. It is the holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Though Chanukah has become especially popular because it falls close to Christmas it is actually considered to be a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar.

2019-2020 (5780) 2020-2021 (5781) 2021-2022 (5782)

TU BISHVAT

09 FEB 20 - 10 FEB 20 / 5780 

27 JAN 21 - 28 JAN 21 /  5781

16 JAN 22 - 17 JAN 22 /  5782

PURIM

10 MAR 20 - 11 MAR 20 / 5780

25 FEB 21 -  26 FEB 21 /  5781

16 MAR 22 - 17 MAR 22 / 5782

PESACH

08 APR 20 - 16 APR 20 / 5780

27 MAR 21 - 04 APR 21 / 5781

15 APR 22 - 23 APR 22 / 5782

YOM HA'SHOAH

20 APR 20 - 21 APR 20 / 5780

07 APR 21 -  08 APR 21 / 5781

27 APR 22 - 28 APR 22 / 5782

YOM HA'ZIKARON

28 APR 20 / 5780

14 APR 21  /  5781

04 MAY 22 / 5782

YOM HA'ATZMA'UT

28 APR 20 - 29 APR 20 / 5780

14  APR 21  - 15 APR 21 / 5781

04 MAY 22 - 05 MAY 22 / 5782

LAG BA'OMER

11 MAY 20 - 12 MAY 20 / 5780

29 APR 21 - 30 APR 21 /   5781

18 MAY 22 - 19 MAY 22 / 5782

YOM YERUSHALAYIM

21 MAY 20 - 22 MAY 20 / 5780

09 MAY 21 - 10 MAY 21  /  5781

28 MAY 22 - 29 MAY 22 / 5782 

SHAVUOT

28 APR 20 - 29 MAY 20 / 5780

16 MAY 21 - 18 MAY 21 /   5781

04 JUN 22 - 06 JUN 22 / 5782

TISHA B'AV

29 JUL 20 - 30 JUL 20 / 5780

17 JUL 21 - 18 JUL 21 /  5781

06 AUG 22 - 07 AUG 22 / 5782

ROSH HASHANAH

18 SEP 20 - 20 SEP 20 / 5781

06 SEP 21 - 08 SEP 21 / 5782

YOM KIPPUR

27 SEP 20 - 28 SEP 20 / 5781

15 SEP 21 - 16 SEP 21 / 5782


SUKKOT

02 OCT 20 - 09 OCT 20 / 5781

20 SEP 21 - 27 SEP 21 / 5782

HANUKKAH

10 DEC 20 - 18 DEC 20 / 5781

28 NOV 21 - 06 DEC 21 / 5782

DATES START FROM SUNDOWN START TO SUNDOWN END.