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People often say: "The Jewish holidays are late this year" or "The Jewish holidays are early this year." In fact, the holidays never are early or late; they are always on time, according to the Jewish calendar. Unlike the Gregorian (civil) calendar, which is based on the sun (solar), the Jewish calendar is based primarily on the moon (lunar), with periodic adjustments made to account for the differences between the solar and lunar cycles.

Hebrew Months Jewish Holidays Secular Months

Tishri

Selichot,
Rosh HaShanah,
Yom Kippur,
Sukkot,
Simchat Torah

September-October

Chesvan

 

October-November

Kislev

Hanukkah

November-December

Shvat

Tu BiShvat

January-February

Adar

Purim

February-March

Nisan

Passover,
Yom HaShoah

March-April

Iyar

Yom HaZikaron,
Yom HaAtzmaut,
Lag BaOmer

April-May

Sivan

Shavuot

May-June

Tammuz

 

June-July

Av

Tishah B'Av

July-August

Elul

 

August-September

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Selichot Services

20 Elul 5781 to 20 Elul 5781

For many Jews, the High Holiday season begins with Rosh HaShanah and the start of the new month of Tishrei. Jewish tradition, however, teaches that the preceding month of Elul is a time of soul-searching and reflection to prepare oneself for the magnitude of the Days of Awe. It is during this time that we observe Selichot (also spelled s'lichot).

Rosh HaShanah

 - 29 Elul 5781 to 2 Tishri 5782

Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance.

Yom Kippur

 - 9 Tishri 5782 to 10 Tishri 5782

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance.

Sukkot

 - 14 Tishri 5782 to 21 Tishri 5782

Sukkot is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. “Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The holiday has also come to commemorate the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai.

Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

 - 21 Tishri 5782 to 22 Tishri 5782

Immediately following Sukkot, we observe Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, a fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.

Hanukkah

 - 24 Kislev 5782 to 2 Tevet 5782

Hanukkah, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, is a festive eight-day celebration that for many people falls during the darkest, coldest season of the year. Also called the Festival of Lights, the holiday brings light, joy, and warmth to our homes and communities as we celebrate with candles, food, family, and friends.

Tu BiShvat

 - 14 Shevat 5782 to 15 Shevat 5782

Tu BiShvat or the "New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the Hebrew month of Shvat.

Purim

 - 13 Adar II 5782 to 14 Adar II 5782

Purim is a joyous holiday that affirms and celebrates Jewish survival and continuity throughout history. The main communal celebration involves a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (M'gillat Esther), which tells the story of the holiday: Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king's adviser, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the m'gillah typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman's name is read aloud.

Passover

 - 14 Nisan 5782 to 21 Nisan 5782

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a major Jewish spring festival, celebrating freedom and family as we remember the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut

 - 2 Iyar 5782 to 4 Iyar 5782

Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom HaZikaron (Independence Day) are observed in Israel as national holidays.

Lag BaOmer

 - 17 Iyar 5782 to 18 Iyar 5782

Lag BaOmer is a minor, festive holiday that falls on the 33rd day of the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot, a period of time is known as the Omer.

Shavuot

 - 5 Sivan 57821 to 6 Sivan 57821

The festival of Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Tishah B'Av

 - 8 Av 5782 to 9 Av 5782

Tishah B'Av is a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem.

Thu, August 5 2021 27 Av 5781