Jewish Holidays and Festivals
Upcoming Jewish Holiday
Begins sunset of Friday, April 3, 2015
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 11, 2015
No work permitted on April 4 - 5 and April 10 - 11. Work is permitted only on April 6 - 9 with certain restrictions
Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Our Passover megasite has tools, guides, insights, stories, inspiration—and just about everything you need to celebrate Passover. (But bring your own wine.)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Thirty days ago we cleaned our homes and souls of leaven, and matzahed our way through the week-long festival of Passover. And now, Pesach Sheni—a Second Passover!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The birthday of Jewish mysticism . . . The spiritual significance of the bow and arrow . . . Can love be true, and can truth be loving? . . . What is Kabbalah?
Begins sunset of Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Ends nightfall of Thursday, June 5, 2014
No work is permitted
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 through Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The “Three Weeks” and Tisha B’Av are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the galut (exile).
Monday, August 11, 2014
Our sages proclaimed the 15th of Av as one of the two greatest festivals of the year, yet they ordained no special observances or celebrations for it . . .
Begins sunset of Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ends nightfall of Friday, September 26, 2014
No work is permitted.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgement and coronation of G‑d as king.
Begins sunset of Friday, October 3, 2014
Ends nightfall of Saturday, October 4, 2014
No work is permitted.
Virtually everything you need to know about Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Prayer Service Overviews, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
Begins sunset of Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, October 15, 2014
No work permitted on October 9 - 10. Work is permitted on October 12 - 15 with certain restrictions.
Virtually everything you need to know about the holiday of Sukkot: How-To Guides, Sukkah and “Four Kinds” Wizards, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
Begins sunset of Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ends nightfall of Friday, October 17, 2014
No work is permitted
Virtually everything you need to know about the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
Begins sunset of Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Work permitted, except Shabbat
Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies.
Begins sunrise of Thursday, January 1, 2015
Ends nightfall of Thursday, January 1, 2015
What happened on 10 Tevet? . . . Why do we need the Holy Temple? . . . The positive aspects of a “siege mentality” . . . The Rebbe on the Holocaust . . .
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.
Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 5, 2015
Work should be avoided.
Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible.
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.
Information on the septennial Hakhel and Shemitah (Sabbatical) years, and the once-in-28-years Sun Blessing.
Since Biblical times the months and years of the Jewish calendar have been established by the cycles of the moon and the sun.
NOTE: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin the night before, as listed. The exception to this rule is most fast days, which begin at dawn of the date listed (aside for Tisha b’Av and Yom Kippur which also begin the night before). Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.